NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Toronto |
(Thursday, March 11th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Aleksey Morozov scored a goal and assisted on
another to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over Toronto at Air
Ric Jackman and Rico Fata recorded the other two tallies for the Penguins, who
won their fourth in a row and sixth in the last nine games (6-2-1) after 18
straight losses (0-17-0-1). Dick Tarnstrom notched two assists in the win, as
the Penguins snapped a five-game losing streak to the Maple Leafs.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin started in net for Pittsburgh and made 11 saves on 12
shots in the first period, before leaving with an unspecified knee injury.
Sebastien Caron came on in relief and made 33 saves in the final two periods,
facing 26 shots in the third.
"When you hear a lot of the same things, whether it's pre-game shows or in the
media about what you have to do to beat the Penguins, to just show up, believe
me we're all professionals," Penguins head coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We
deserve a little bit more. Forget me, my players deserve a lot more respect
Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin scored for Toronto, which concluded a six-game
homestand with a 4-2 mark. Trevor Kidd faced only 17 shots, but made just 14
saves in the losing effort.
"The kind of bonehead plays we made it would have been a challenge for
anybody," Toronto head coach Pat Quinn said. "We can't have those things
happen at this time of the year. We carried the play all night long and made
three poor plays to give up goals."
The Maple Leafs fell out of first place in the Northeast Division, as Boston
moved one point in front with a 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo.
"We can't give away games like we did," Sundin said.
Ron Francis made his debut for the Leafs after being traded from Carolina on
Tuesday. Francis managed just one shot on goal in 12 minutes of ice time.
The 26 shots in the final period by Toronto were a season high, as they
entered the final 20 minutes trailing by two at 3-1.
Sundin brought the Maple Leafs within a goal at the 13:54 mark of the third
with his 27th of the season. The Toronto forward collected a loose puck in the
Penguins' zone off a failed clearing attempt by Jackman. Sundin gathered it
between the circles and backhanded a shot that beat Caron under his glove.
Sundin had an opportunity two minutes later to tie the score, but his slap
shot from the right circle went wide as Caron was being screened by Toronto
forward Owen Nolan.
Toronto pulled Kidd with 90 seconds remaining to get an extra skater on the
ice and again Sundin came close to scoring the equalizer. Alexander Mogilny
fired a shot on net that Caron initially deflected with his left leg pad.
Sundin, who had skated to the doorstep, tried to flip the rebound attempt over
Caron's shoulder, but the goaltender swatted it away with his glove hand with
15 seconds remaining.
The Penguins immediately cleared the puck to seal the victory.
"We're finding ways to win games," Olczyk said. "In our (losing) streak we
weren't getting very good goaltending and our penalty killing wasn't very
good. Now our goaltending has been superb and our penalty killing has been
Jackman put the Penguins up 1-0 on the power play 6:23 into the game, as he
took a pass from Kraft between the circles and wristed a shot that beat Kidd
The Maple Leafs answered to tie it at 1-1 with 4:24 left in the opening
period, as Nolan skated down the right boards and fired a shot on net.
Nieuwendyk, who was skating toward the crease, stuck out his stick and
redirected it under Aubin's right leg pad for a power-play tally.
Fata gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 edge 1:17 into the second period as he took a pass
in the right circle from Morozov and wristed a shot that beat Kidd stick-side.
The Penguins went up by two goals with 3:50 remaining in the period on
Morozov's marker. Morozov picked up a loose puck in the middle of the right
circle in the Toronto zone and wheeled around to fire a wrister on net that
beat Kidd through the five-hole.
The Penguins improved to 9-4-2-1 when leading after two periods this season.
Jackman scored his sixth goal as a Penguin in just 14 games and has recorded
at least a point in 11 of 14 games for Pittsburgh this season...The Maple
Leafs lost at home for only the third time in the last eight contests
(5-3)...The Penguins have won three straight road games.
03/12 00:33:36 ET