Maple Leafs-Penguins Preview
GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (31-15-9-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-38-5-4).
TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins took some positives out of their franchise-record
14th straight loss.
They hope they learned enough to prevent themselves from setting an NHL
record for consecutive home losses.
The Penguins will look to put an end to both slides when they meet the
Toronto Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh, which became the fifth team in league history to lose 11
straight at home with its 6-3 defeat to Boston on Tuesday, rallied from a
two-goal deficit at St. Louis on Saturday, before losing 3-2 in overtime.
Ryan Malone tied the game early in the third period for the Penguins with
his fourth goal in three games, and Ted Kotsopoulos also scored in the second
The point was the first for Pittsburgh since it earned two in a 2-1 win over
Philadelphia on Jan. 12.
"It was very important for us to play well," Penguins forward Brian
Holzinger said. "It was a momentum builder, no doubt about it. Now it's up to
us to keep this going."
The Penguins have not won at home since defeating Chicago 1-0 on Dec. 29.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a 6-4 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.
Toronto built a 3-0 lead before allowing five unanswered goals, including
two on the power play.
"We were in complete control of the game until we got into penalty
trouble," said goaltender Trevor Kidd, who stopped 27 shots.
Starting goalie Ed Belfour couldn't play for the fifth time in the last
seven games because of a tight lower back.
Toronto leads Boston and Ottawa atop the Northeast Division by just one