NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Pittsburgh
(Sunday, December 27th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ian White scored with 1:22 left, less than a minute after Pittsburgh netted the equalizer, to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Penguins at Mellon Arena.
White added an assist, while Lee Stempniak had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a three-game slide. They also got their first road win since December 3 against Columbus. Vesa Toskala made 21 saves in the victory.
"Most butterfly goalies leave the corners uncovered, and if you can find a way to find it, you will generally score," White said.
Michael Rupp, Matt Cooke and Sidney Crosby had the goals for the Penguins, who were coming off an 8-2 rout of Ottawa on Wednesday. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 27 shots.
"There were just different points in the game where we didn't execute well," Crosby said. "We got ourselves back in the game late. We made a mistake to let them back and give them the lead. We worked hard, but we didn't execute the way we needed to."
The Penguins trailed by a goal entering the final period but tied the game with time ticking down. Rupp moved to the left of the crease as Evgeni Malkin looped out on the right side. Malkin then sent a pass to Rupp, who tipped it past Toskala with 2:15 to play.
However, just 53 seconds later, White's blast from above the right circle beat Fleury high, and the Leafs held on from there.
Luke Schenn put Toronto on the board just 2:28 into the game, but Cooke scored at 5:01. Stempniak's power-play wrister with 3:28 left in the first sent Toronto into the first intermission ahead, though Crosby's 23rd goal of the season came 7:48 into the second with the Penguins on the man advantage.
Blake tallied with just under five minutes left in the frame to put the Leafs back in front.
Alexei Ponikarovsky had two assists for Toronto, which had lost at home to the Penguins back in October...Pittsburgh closed its homestand at 1-2.
12/28 01:51:09 ET