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Penguins Upend Maple Leafs, 6-4

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

TORONTOSidney Crosby scored two goals as the Penguins rallied to beat the Maple Leafs, 6-4.

Erik Christensen uncorked a wrister off Adam Hall’s face-off win that beat Vesa Toskala 5:09 into the game for a 1-0 Penguins lead.

Toronto’s Darcy Tucker quickly tied the game, 1-1, when he banged in a loose puck past Dany Sabourin 1:28 later. 

Nik Antropov slammed a puck in past Sabourin’s left leg for a 2-1 Maple Leafs lead 2:02 later.

Sabourin was injured with about 5 minutes to play on a collision with a Toronto player. Marc-Andre Fleury replaced him in the Penguins’ goal.

Mats Sundin scored 55 seconds into the second period for a 3-1 Maple Leafs edge.

Sidney Crosby found the back of the net 6:31 into the second period to trim the Penguins’ deficit to 3-2.  Working a give-and-go with Petr Sykora, Crosby took a cross-ice feed and attempted to send the puck back to Sykora on the near wing. However, the puck deflected off defenseman Pavel Kubina’s skate and into the net. Sergei Gonchar added an assist.

Max Talbot tied the game, 3-3, just 19 seconds later when he skated in front of the net and slammed in his own rebound. Gary Roberts and Hall had assists.

 Ryan Malone stuffed in a power-play goal with 4:00 left in the period. Evgeni Malkin fired a shot on net and Staal got his stick on it before Malone, along the near post, swept it in the net for a 4-3 Penguins lead.

Jason Blake knotted the game at 4-all with 3:33 to play in the second when he slapped a loose puck into the net. 

Crosby tallied a power-play goal with 5:22 left. He slammed in the rebound of Darryl Sydor’s shot for a 5-4 Penguins lead. Malkin added an assist.

Talbot scored a long empty-net goal with 49.2 seconds left to give the Penguins a 6-4 edge.

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