TORONTO 4 – PENGUINS 1
The Toronto Maple Leafs (8-4-0, 16 pts) scored three third period goals, en route to a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-0, 14 pts) on Saturday night. The Penguins have now dropped three straight games.
Kris Letang scored the Penguins lone goal, a power play marker in the first period.
The game tilted towards the Maple Leafs early in the third period when Nazem Kadri scored a 1:26 into the period to break a 1-1 tie as Evgeni Malkin made a horrible turnover just inside the Leafs blueline, leading to an odd-man rush the other way for the goal. Momentum quickly shifted to Toronto on Kadri’s goal and the Penguins never got it back.
Phil Kessel would add a power play goal with 2:55 left in regulation to seal the win and Dave Bolland added an empty net goal with 42 seconds left for his second goal of the game.
The Penguins outshot Toronto 38-29. James Reimer made 37 saves and was excellent in the second period as the Penguins outshot Toronto 16-4 in the second period. The Leafs held a 45-26 edge in hits.
Rob Scuderi left the game in the first period due to an apparent right leg injury. Scuderi took a hard hit from David Clarkson and Scuderi was not able to put much weight on his right leg as he had to be helped off the ice. He did not return.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said Scuderi will be re-evaluated back in Pittsburgh. Scuderi, though, was seen on crutches and is likely to miss some time.
The injury to Scuderi saw the Penguins play with 11 forwards for the most part in the second and third period as Deryk Engelland moved back to defense.
Olli Maatta was paired with Kris Letang due to Scuderi’s injury.