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by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

October 13, 2010
Consol Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Leafs trailed after the first period for the first time this season but the deficit didn't last long.

Clarke MacArthur scored just 3:01 into the second to tie the game, Francois Beauchemin added another tally just 2:30 later. The back breaker came on MacArthur's second of the night and fourth of the season. It was the Leafs' third goal in 7:29 of the period and was the difference as the Leafs pulled off the win.

3 Straight games that the Leafs have scored first.
27 Games between goals for Francois Beauchemin.
3 Losses in as many games for Pittsburgh at the new Consol Energy Center.
14 Total shots for the Leafs in the win.
9-2 Shots in the third period for the Penguins.
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One of the keys to the Leafs' three wins has been the play of the second line. Wednesday against the Penguins, Clarke MacArthur continued to light the lamp in the early going.

MacArthur rifled home his first of the game on the power play and then his second of the game was the winner. His four goals put him in a tie for the league lead. He brings great speed, a big presence and an excellent shot to a Leafs' team that didn't have that last season.

The fourth line of Mike Brown, Mike Zigomanis and Colton Orr played a big role in the win as did Jonas Gustavsson in his first start of 2010-11.

Brown used his speed all game and it resulted in the Leafs scoring two goals off the Penguins' turnovers. Orr tipped home his first goal of the season and Zigomanis won the draw that led to the Beauchemin goal. It was a great contribution by the lesser lights that helped the Leafs defeat the always tough Penguins.

After an awful start in 2009-10, the Leafs knew that they needed to be better out of the gate and after three games they find themselves in first place in the NHL standings.

For the first time since 1999-2000, the Leafs have started the season with three straight wins. That season they won the Northeast Division and lost to the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the playoffs.

Dion Phaneuf on not thinking about last season:

"Everyone keeps bringing up last year, well, it doesn't really matter right now. We're focused on this group and this year."

Friday October 15 @ Rangers 
7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs close out their mini two-game road trip when they face the Rangers for the first of three meetings in the month of October.

The two teams meet in Toronto next Thursday and then October 30th again at the ACC.

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