NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 4th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe registered a goal and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre.
Darcy Tucker, Aki Berg and Robert Reichel also scored for Toronto, which won its second straight contest. Owen Nolan notched a pair of assists and Toronto goaltender Ed Belfour made 22 saves in the victory.
Rico Fata posted a goal and assisted on another for the Penguins, who were playing without star Mario Lemieux. The oft-injured Pittsburgh center is suffering from a strained muscle in his left hip and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Ryan Malone, who lifted the Penguins to a 3-2 overtime victory over Boston on Saturday, also scored in the loss.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 34 shots for Pittsburgh, which saw its three- game unbeaten streak snapped (2-0-1).
Midway through the middle frame, the Penguins cut their 2-0 deficit in half while shorthanded courtesy of a great effort by Fata. Hustling with the puck down the left wing side, Fata cut inside at the left circle and fired a shot on Belfour.
The save was made, but the rebound came out just inches behind the left post. Fata followed his shot and backhanded the puck blindly into the crease, where Malone deposited his third goal of the season into an empty net.
Toronto, though, made it 3-1 with a power-play goal just past the two-minute mark of the third period. With Pittsburgh's Konstantin Koltsov in the penalty box for boarding, McCabe blasted a one-timer from the point. Fleury made a shoulder save, but Reichel was left all alone in front and easily knocked in the rebound at 2:03.
McCabe's wrister from the point at 12:17 of the final stanza gave the Leafs a three-goal lead.
The Penguins rallied for a late power-play goal to cap the scoring. Fata found the back of the net off a rebound from the slot with 1:33 remaining.
With only 1:38 played in the contest, Toronto took an early lead on Berg's first tally of the season. Nolan slid a pass from the right half wall across to left point and Berg fired a slap shot past Fleury.
The Maple Leafs opened up a 2-0 lead exactly seven minutes later. Tie Domi took a feed in the low slot and chipped the bouncing puck toward the net. After the disc was caught up in front, Tucker, cutting across the goal mouth, corralled it from his skates and put it home near the left post at 8:38.
Toronto has at least one power-play goal in each of the last four games and finished 1-for-6 in the contest...Pittsburgh converted on one of its seven chances with the extra skater...Toronto has won four straight over the Penguins, who have dropped four of their last six at Toronto...McCabe has a four-game point streak.
11/04 22:30:08 ET