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TORONTO (AP) -Jordan Staal capped a tight game with his first career hat trick in a city he dreamed about playing in.

Staal scored his third goal of the game at 3:54 of overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Staal has seven goals in the last five games for the Penguins, who have points in 13 straight games (11-0-2) for the first time since a 14-game run (12-0-2) from Dec. 19, 1996, to Jan. 21, 1997.

The 18-year-old forward - from North Bay, Ontario - said he was nervous playing in front of a national television audience on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada."

"It's a dream come true to even play in this rink," Staal said. "I remember watching games a couple of years ago. Now that I'm here, it's so amazing. A great game to top it off."

Staal has 23 goals, four behind teammate Evgeni Malkin for the NHL rookie lead.

"It seems like everything is working for me," Staal said. "Hopefully, I'll keep it going and get this team in the playoffs."

Veteran teammate Mark Recchi said Staal has been "unbelievable."

"We've had a lot of guys chip in, but Jordan has been tremendous for us through this stretch," Recchi said. "It's remarkable to me how he's just kept getting better and better from Day 1 of the season. He never played left wing before."

Maple Leafs center Kris Newbury was taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the third period after a fight with Pittsburgh's Ronald Petrovicky. The Toronto forward took several punches to the head before falling to the ice. He stayed motionless for several minutes before taken being off.

The two dropped gloves 33 seconds after Pittsburgh tied it at 5, and the game was delayed for about 6 minutes.

"He's alert and he was on the ice when he left," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "He's conscious and talking. We'll test him out tonight and tomorrow."

Maurice said it reminds him how violent the game can be.

"It doesn't matter how tough you are or how many punches you've taken if you get hit in the right spot you're going down," Maurice said. "It's a pretty serious business when they drop those gloves."

A regular season record crowd of 19,620 came to see Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby.

Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Malone and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Penguins.

Boyd Devereaux, Bryan McCabe, Bates Battaglia, Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost 8-2 to Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.

"It was a strange game on the bench as it probably was watching it," Maurice said.

Staal put a wrist shot past goalie Andrew Raycroft during a scramble in front of the net in overtime for his 23rd goal.

After a Toronto turnover Staal made a drop pass to Michel Ouellet, who passed it back to Staal before Staal scored his first goal on a wrist shot 19:22 of the first.

Staal's wrist shot past Raycroft made it 2-0 at 11:32 of the second and Malkin's wrist shot gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead 8:22 of the second. Crosby assisted.

Toronto tied it with three straight goals late in the second, including two by Toronto's top line of Sundin, Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Antropov, standing in front of the net, redirected the puck past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at 13:25 of the second.

Sundin, standing behind Fleury, cut it to 3-2 at 16:44 by pushing the puck over the goal line after it trickled under the goalie's pads.

Battaglia tied it with a shot from the slot at 19:05 of the second.

McCabe gave Toronto the lead at 1:05 of the third with his trademark hard slapshot from the point.

Just 54 seconds later Malone tied it with a rebound from in front of the net.

Devereaux gave Toronto the lead again at 11:44, but Talbot tied it at 5 at 13:53.

Notes: Toronto's Darcy Tucker (foot) is expected to miss another week. ... Newbury has two goals and two assists in 15 game with Toronto.

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