TOR
26-17-5
PIT
36-12-0

24 SOG
30 SOG

Win Comes At A Cost

Associated Press | Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 10:17 PM

PITTSBURGH _ James van Riemsdyk scored twice, James Reimer stopped 28 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs raced past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost winger Joffrey Lupul to an upper body injury midway through the second period.

Lupul suffered a fractured forearm after a shot from teammate Dion Phaneuf hit him. Lupul, who signed a five-year contract extension on Sunday, did not return.

Nikolai Kulemin added three assists as Toronto spoiled Pittsburgh's home opener by giving the Penguins a reality check.

Sidney Crosby and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins struggled with Toronto's speed and failed to play with the kind of discipline that highlighted opening weekend wins over Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 shots for the Penguins but Pittsburgh couldn't get off to its first 3-0 start in 18 years.

The Penguins began the shortened 48-game season with rousing road victories over the Flyers and Rangers, the kind of electric start that did little to dampen expectations about Pittsburgh being an early Stanley Cup favourite.

And that was without Crosby or Malkin finding the back of the net.

Malkin ended his drought _ such as it is for a player who scored 23 goals while playing in Russia as the lockout dragged on _ late in the first period when he stuffed a pass from Crosby in between Reimer's legs to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

For the first time this season, it didn't hold up.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma spoke openly about the problems Toronto's quickness provides, saying his team gave the Maple Leafs a little too much room to operate last season.

Any attempts by the Penguins to tighten up, however, came up woefully short. Even with Bylsma experimenting with his lines _ on a couple of occasions he paired Crosby and Malkin in even-strength situations _ Pittsburgh looked a step slow.

Toronto scored twice early in the second period to jump in front, including van Riemsdyk's first goal for Toronto after being acquired in an off-season trade with the Flyers. Crosby needed just 25 seconds to tie it, beating Reimer between the legs on a breakaway for his first goal in 280 days.

The speedy Maple Leafs just kept coming, with van Riemsdyk collecting his second goal of the night _ and his 101st career point _ after intercepting a sloppy clearing attempt by Malkin and firing the puck over Fleury's glove to give Toronto a 3-2 lead.

A Pittsburgh turnover left Grabovski all alone on the doorstep slipping the puck past Fleury to give Toronto a 4-2 lead and sending the largest crowd in the brief history of Consol Energy Center heading for the exits a little early.

NOTES: The Maple Leafs scratched defencemen Cody Franson and Mark Fraser and centre David Steckel. Defencemen Ben Lovejoy, Robert Bortuzzo and centre Dustin Jeffrey ... Toronto hosts the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Penguins travel to Winnipeg on Friday ... Pittsburgh offered free food and half off merchandise to all fans as an apology following the 119-day lockout.

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PIT
Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:51PIT PPG - Evgeni Malkin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (2), Kris Letang (2) 1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
03:09TOR Clarke MacArthur (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nazem Kadri (1), Nikolai Kulemin (1) 1 - 1 Tie
06:48TOR James van Riemsdyk (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (2), Mikhail Grabovski (1) 2 - 1 TOR
07:17PIT Sidney Crosby (1) Snap shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (1) 2 - 2 Tie
14:34TOR James van Riemsdyk (2) Snap shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
05:18TOR Mikhail Grabovski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (3), James van Riemsdyk (1) 4 - 2 TOR
18:59TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (1), Michael Kostka (3) 5 - 2 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
James van Riemsdyk
1st
James van Riemsdyk
LW
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:11
Nikolai Kulemin
2nd
Nikolai Kulemin
LW
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:32
Sidney Crosby
3rd
Sidney Crosby
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 24:07
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:58PIT Deryk Engelland  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
05:58TOR Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Deryk Engelland
10:22PIT Chris Kunitz  Boarding against  Mike Komisarek
15:18TOR Carl Gunnarsson  Interference against  Joe Vitale
17:53TOR Mike Komisarek  Cross checking against  Joe Vitale
2nd Period
00:38PIT Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  James van Riemsdyk
08:45PIT Deryk Engelland  Tripping against  Nazem Kadri
09:55PIT Matt Cooke  Slashing against  Nazem Kadri
11:48PIT Kris Letang  Boarding against  Clarke MacArthur
15:57TOR Michael Kostka  Holding the stick against  Pascal Dupuis
3rd Period
01:29TOR Michael Kostka  Interference against  Chris Kunitz
11:05TOR James van Riemsdyk  Hooking against  James Neal
11:51PIT Chris Kunitz  Boarding against  Mike Komisarek
18:09PIT Sidney Crosby  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:09PIT Chris Kunitz  Too many men/ice - bench
20:00PIT Evgeni Malkin  Game misconduct
shots by period
PeriodTORPIT
1st712
2nd1011
3rd77
Total2430
Team Stats
CategoryTORPIT
Power Plays1/81/5
Hits1621
Faceoff Wins3435
Giveaways27
Takeaways33
Blocked Shots1313
Penalty Minutes1531
  • TORONTO
  • PITTSBURGH
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3D. PhaneufD0003025:47
8M. KomisarekD0030214:27
11J. McClementC0000012:48
16C. MacArthurL1115016:08
18M. BrownR000006:27
19J. LupulL000009:40
21J. van RiemsdykL2123216:11
24J. LilesD0000020:26
28C. OrrR000056:15
36C. GunnarssonD0030219:16
41N. KuleminL0331018:32
42T. BozakC1001023:16
43N. KadriC0112012:12
47L. KomarovC0000012:04
51J. GardinerD0001017:29
53M. KostkaD0101423:16
81P. KesselR0005020:28
84M. GrabovskiC1122016:20
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34J. Reimer2830.93360:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. NiskanenD00-22019:48
5D. EngellandD00-1277:46
7P. MartinD0001024:49
9P. DupuisR0111217:24
10T. GlassL00-11011:10
14C. KunitzL0000416:45
16B. SutterC0002015:20
18J. NealL00-35017:52
24M. CookeL0002214:12
25E. TangradiL00-1104:27
27C. AdamsR00-1009:27
44B. OrpikD0000023:48
46J. VitaleC00-11010:34
47S. DespresD00-1108:46
48T. KennedyR00-11011:47
58K. LetangD01-21227:31
71E. MalkinC10-341020:14
87S. CrosbyC1115224:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29M. Fleury1924.79259:32