NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Pittsburgh |
(Tuesday, December 27th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Tomas Kaberle scored the game-winning goal
in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2,
at Mellon Arena.
Mats Sundin had a goal and two assists and Alexander Khavanov netted the other
goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won their last three games.
Mikael Tellqvist made 33 saves in net for Toronto, which has won six straight
at Mellon Arena.
Mark Recchi and Michel Ouellet scored goals for the Penguins, who have dropped
their last six games.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in the loss for Pittsburgh, which is 0-4 since
Michel Therrien took over coaching duties after Eddie Olczyk was fired on
Sundin setup the game winner, firing a pass from the right boards to Kaberle
in the slot. He then fired a wrist shot that went into the left corner of the
net to win the game 2:26 into overtime.
"I thought it was going be tough there in the end," said Tellqvist. "The guys
really battled hard in front of me, blocking shots and letting me see the
puck. That was huge. What a great feeling when the puck went in the net. The
whole team was so excited."
Toronto was up 2-1 going into the third period, but Pittsburgh fought hard and
netted the equalizer on a goal by Ouellet at the 12:26 mark of the third.
The Penguins had a long 5-on-3 power play late in the third, but were unable
to capitalize and the teams skated into overtime.
"We definitely got the opportunity to win the game," said Therrien. "We had
enough time on 5-on-3 and we made some bad decisions. When you don't have
confidence you are tense and probably don't think the same way. I thought we
rushed some decisions. That was a big part of not giving us the win."
The Penguins opened up the scoring with a power-play goal in the second.
Sergei Gonchar let fly with a blast from high in the slot that was tipped in
front by Recchi for his 10th goal of the season at the 7:29 mark of the
However, the Maple Leafs tied it at 1-1 just 1:07 later. Fleury had the puck
behind the net, but a Maple Leaf player forced him to get rid of it. The disc
went right to Sundin along the right boards. He let fly with a shot that
Fleury had to scramble back to the net and save, but the rebound went right
to Khavanov, who put the puck past a sprawled Fleury.
Toronto, though, took a lead into the last 20 minutes on a power-play goal.
Sundin fired a shot from the right point that deflected off Ouellet's stick
and into the left corner of the net with 38 seconds remaining in the second.
Sidney Crosby helped tie the game on a great individual effort. He got the
puck deep along the right side of the net, knocked down a defender and from
his knees made a pass from the right side of the net to Ouellet, who smacked
the puck in from the left side to tie it at 2-2 with 7:34 left in the third
Toronto goes home for a matchup on Thursday against Buffalo...The Penguins
host the Devils on Thursday...Ed Belfour, who dressed but did not play, got
his 450th career win in a 2-1 victory over the Devils on Monday...Toronto went
1-for-4 on the power play...The Penguins scored on two of their eight
advantages...Gonchar finished with two assists in the game.
12/27 23:33:54 ET