NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, December 20th)
Final Score: Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Nik Antropov had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-3, at Mellon Arena.
Pavel Kubina and Alex Ponikarovsky each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five. Vesa Toskala made 20 saves in the win.
Petr Sykora scored twice for the Penguins, who have lost five of their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury started in net, but was pulled after two periods as he gave up five goals on 33 shots. Dany Sabourin played the third period and gave up two goals on seven shots.
Toronto drew first blood in the game as Dominic Moore scored on the power play on a backhand shot at the 7:45 mark, but Pittsburgh tied it two minutes later on Evgeni Malkin's 15th goal of the campaign.
The Maple Leafs, though, got the lead back for good at the 11:03 mark on a snap shot from Jeremy Williams and just 1:53 later made it a 3-1 game on Jonas Frogren's slap shot.
Toronto increased its lead in the second period on Niklas Hagman's wrist shot that got past Fleury at the 8:31 mark.
The Maple Leafs made it a 5-1 game with a power-play goal courtesy of Kubina's slap shot with 3:40 left in the second.
Sykora got the Pens back to within three goals as his wrister on the power play found its way past Toskala just 58 seconds into the third.
Toronto, though, answered twice as Ponikarovsky scored at the 5:23 mark of the third and Antropov added a power-play goal a bit less than three minutes later for a 7-2 advantage.
Sykora's second goal of the game, a tip-in of an Alex Goligoski shot with 2:59 to play, accounted for the final score.
Toronto plays in Atlanta on Monday...Pittsburgh plays in Buffalo on Monday...Malkin has an eight-game points streak in which he has five goals and 11 assists during the run...The Penguins haven't won back-to-back games since a six-game winning streak from November 1-15...Toronto went 3-for-7 on the power play while Pittsburgh finished the game 1-for-4.
12/20 21:58:55 ET