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Penguins-Maple Leafs Recap

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Penguins jumped out to an early 2-0 after one period and really dominated the play. However, tempers boiled over and the play got ugly between both teams. Toronto capitalized on four power-play opportunities en route to a 4-3 victory.


The two teams combined for 20 penalties totaling 49 minutes, including three five-minute major penalties.

Pittsburgh had goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik.
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Notable players that participated in the contest were NHL scoring champion Malkin, veteran Bill Guerin, defensemen Alex Goligoski, Kris Letang and Orpik and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Malkin centered the top line between Kennedy and Luca Caputi, while Fleury played his third game in four nights (starting against Columbus Tuesday and in the "Black and Gold Game" Thursday).

Below was the full lineup for game and the line combinations:

Forwards
Caputi-Malkin-Kennedy
Cooke-Smith-Guerin
Pushkarev-Adams-N.Johnson
Bissonnette-Rupp-Wallace

Defensemen
Goligoski-Guenin
Lee-Letang
Orpik-Lovejoy

Goaltenders
Fleury
B.Johnson

The contest was the final pre-season game at Mellon Arena before the opening of the regular season and the raising of the Stanley Cup championship banner. Pittsburgh will finish the remainder of its pre-season schedule with four games on the road.
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Malkin scored a beautiful goal in the first period. Matt Cooke threw a shot on net with Malkin positioned to the side of the crease. The rebound fell in Malkin’s skates. The Russian pulled the puck out on his forehand, flipped it to his backhand for a better shooting angle and deposited the puck into the netting.
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Pittsburgh outshot Toronto 27-17.

Cooke recorded a goal and an assist.

Letang logged a team-high 24:57 minutes of ice time.

Malkin and Tyler Kennedy registered five shots.

Newly signed Konstantin Pushkarev notched an assist.
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