Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh 5 Toronto 4 S/O
Sidney Crosby returned to Toronto's Air Canada Centre for the first time in three years on Saturday night, and was the difference-maker for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated their hosts in a shootout by a score of 5-4.
Pittsburgh came out flying, ending the first period with a 3-1 lead, but Toronto's excellent special teams allowed them to claw back into the game. The Leafs were 4/4 on the penalty kill and 2/3 on the power play. That set up Phil Kessel's tying goal late in the third period, earning the Leafs a valuable point and a chance to steal the game.
The late turning point for Toronto was a crushing third period hit by power forward James Van Riemsdyk on Penguins' superstar Evgeni Malkin, who remained on the Pittsburgh bench but did not play another shift after the hit.
Crosby finished the night with a goal, an assist, and the shootout winner to salvage the game for his team, which is sitting comfortably at the top of the Atlantic Division.
Second Pittsburgh Shooter: Sidney Crosby
High glove on Reimer
Pittsburgh wins the shootout and the game. Final score: 5-4
Second Toronto Shooter: Nazem Kadri
Stopped by Fleury
First Pittsburgh Shooter: James Neal.
five-hole on Reimer
First Shooter: Tyler Bozak
Stopped by Fleury
Malkin hasn't played since he was hit by Van Riemsdyk, but is still on Pittsburgh's bench.
Will be take a shot in the shootout?
First shootout of the season for Toronto, and the second for Pittsburgh.
Malkin is not on the Pittsburgh shootout list.
Big chance for Crosby with about thirty seconds to go. Reimer stands tall.
Pens keep possession as the puck winds down, but the Leafs play some tough "D" and we're headed to a shootout.
End of Overtime: Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 4
One minute left in OT. Shots 5-2 in favor of the Leafs in the extra period.
Chances at both ends, and the first play stoppage in overtime is an offside against Toronto with 2:31 to go.
Overtime is underway, and Malkin is M.I.A. for Pittsburgh.
End of Third Period: Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 4
The Leafs really poured it on in the late stages of the third period. The James Van Riemsdyk hit on Malkin got the blood pumping, and the back-to-back icings put the Penguins back on their heels and led to the penalty that eventually led to the tying goal.
Scoring play: Kessel from Fraser and MacArthur at 15:40
Franson's hit was a sort of hip-check that dropped Crosby into the back boards.
After a stoppage in play, Sid's helmeted-up again and back on the ice as the game enters its final minute of regulation time.
This is getting intense!
Franson hits Crosby hard behind the Toronto net. Crosby loses his helmet but the hit occurred off-camera. Will need to wait for the replay to see what happened.
Right now, the outcome of the game matters more than the state of Sidney Crosby...
Phil Kessel finds a loose puck in the slot and plays the hero for the Leafs as he makes a nifty move to undress Fleury.
Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 4 3:33 to go in the third.
Pens kill the penalty successfully and manage a couple of chances of their own.
JVR lays a bit hard hit on Malkin and the action is end to end...
Big save by Fleury off Franson on the rush on the power play!
Penguins got running around and Brooks Orpik takes a penalty with 8:47 to go in the third, after being on the ice for what seemed like forever.
Okay Leafs -- now or never! Can you tie this hockey game?
Pens ice the puck at the end of a long shift, and used their time out earlier in the game.
This is a big chance for Toronto.
Frantic action in front of the Pens' net. Fleury loses his stick and gets tangled up with JVR.
Brandon Sutter makes a great save, then Pittsburgh ices the puck again....
Another solid penalty kill for the Maple Leafs.
A couple of big shot-blocks and some good positional play mean no good chances for the dangerous Penguins, who are now 0-4 with the man advantage tonight.
Power Play chance...goes Pittsburgh's way.
Kadri puts the puck over the glass and puts his team down a man.
Third Period. 13:33 remaining Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 3
Leafs continue to win draws, and Reimer is looking sharper in net as the game wears on, but Toronto is not getting the chances it needs to try to draw this game back to even terms.
If Pittsburgh can stay out of the penalty box, they could ride this game to the final whistle with relative ease.
Reimer stands tall as Malkin freight-trains his way to the net, collecting a pass from Beau Bennett for a one-timer.
Early territorial advantage goes Pittsburgh's way in the first couple of minutes of the third.
Most of the play has been in the Leafs' zone so far, and Pittsburgh has recorded a couple of chances.
Third period is now underway. Choppy start with a couple of early stoppages in play.
Breaking down the stats after two periods:
Shots are now 25-16 for Pittsburgh, so the shorts in the second period were 13-12 in favour of the Leafs, who also outscored Pittsburgh 2-1.
Hits are now 30-21 in favor of Toronto, and the Leafs are now dominating the faceoff circle, winning 55 percent of the draws. That's a big change from when Pittsburgh dominated in the first period.
Icetime leader is Kris Letang at 18:24. Top Pens foward is Malkin at 15:27.
For Toronto, Dion Phaneuf has logged 15:50 while Tyler Bozak leads the fowards with 12:57.
Beau Bennett and Paul Martin each have two points and are plus-3 for Pittsburgh; Phaneuf has three assists but is a minus-1, while Korbinian Holzer is minus-3 for Toronto.
Leafs block a bunch of shots and emerge unscathed from the penalty danger zone.
They have some zip in their game but the clock is working against them. Penguins get one more good shot with 15 seconds left in the period, and that'll put a wrap on period number two.
End of two periods: Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 3
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