The Toronto Maple Leafs built a 4-2 lead and held off a relentless comeback surge by the Penguins to hang on for a 4-3 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.
Pittsburgh attacked the net fast, hard and often during the second half of the game, but still came up searching for a win at their new home.
Toronto was opportunistic in the victory, scoring four goals on just 14 shots. The Penguins dominated the final period, but just couldn’t find a way to get the puck behind Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
The Penguins will get another shot Friday night when Atlantic Division rival NY Islanders come to town.
Deryk Engelland really stepped up in the second period by fighting big-time heavyweight Colton Orr of the Maples Leafs. Orr is one of the toughest guys in the NHL, and Engelland was overmatched. However, in a truly Rocky Balboa battle Engelland (played by Sylvester Stalone) absorbed a few blows and looked shaky. But Engelland wound up and nailed Orr with a shot to the head that knocked Orr to the ice. KNOCK OUT! Engelland deserves credit for having the guts to go toe-to-toe with Orr. He got a standing ovation for winning the battle. David 1, Goliath 0.
The Penguins were trailing 3-2 halfway through the second period when they came just inches short of tying the game. Sidney Crosby had the puck in the slot and found Pascal Dupuis to the right of the net. Unfortunately, Dupuis’ shot clanked off the pipe. Toronto scored a goal one minute later to make it 4-2.
(AP) - Clarke MacArthur scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs withstood Sidney Crosby's first goal of the season to keep the Penguins winless in their new arena, beating Pittsburgh 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Francois Beauchemin and Colton Orr also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who scored on four of their 14 shots to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the last time they won their division. They held on despite being outshot 9-2 in the third period, when Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu all failed to convert good scoring chances.
• Searching for some offense, head coach Dan Bylsma switched up his lines in the second period, combining Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. The trio generated instance chances, including Crosby’s first goal of the year, a Malkin breakaway and an ensuing penalty shot.
• Malkin was awarded a penalty shot late in the second period. Malkin took a pass from Crosby and split the D for a breakaway. Dion Phaneuf hauled him down for the call. Malkin went wide before approaching the net. He ripped a hard shot to the far side, but the puck sailed just wide of the goal. He is now 0 for 4 in his career on penalty shots.
• Crosby scored his first goal of the season, and first goal ever at CONSOL Energy Center. Crosby entered the offensive zone, dished the puck and headed toward the net. Ben Lovejoy got the puck to Crosby, who was all alone with Jonas Gustavsson. Crosby made a quick move to his backhand and flipped the puck into the goal.
• The Maples Leafs went 15:11 without getting a shot on goal. Toronto registered a shot with 3:31 remaining in the second period. Their next shot occurred with 8:20 left in the final frame.
• Malkin had a game-high six shots; Matt Cooke had two assists and a game-best seven hits; Lovejoy blocked four shots.