Penguins vs. Maple Leafs: Live Score, Updates and Analysis

Brad KurtzbergContributor IMarch 14, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 9:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a big hit from Cody Franson #4 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game on March 9, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Leafs 5-4 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Penguins 3, Maple  Leafs 1; FINAL SCORE

The red hot Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Toronto tonight to take on the Maple Leafs.

The Penguins have won six straight games, including a 5-4 shootout win over the Leafs last Saturday.

Pittsburgh will likely be without center Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the last two games with an upper body injury. The line of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis has picked up the slack in Malkin's absence.

The Leafs, meanwhile, are 0-2-1 in their last three games and have had trouble on defense, allowing 17 goals in the past four games.

Toronto is currently tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, where four points separate fifth place from ninth, so this game is critical for the Leafs as they fight to make the postseason for the first time since 2004.