PITTSBURGH -- The Toronto Maple Leafs listened to their coach Wednesday, and it paid off with an impressive road win.
Randy Carlyle stressed during the morning skate that the Maple Leafs needed to be more aggressive on offense.
In particular, Carlyle called out left winger James van Riemsdyk and center Mikhail Grabovski. He felt both had been too passive while the Maple Leafs scored just three goals in splitting their first two games of the season.
The motivational ploy worked Wednesday night, as van Riemsdyk scored his first two goals of the season and assisted on Grabovski's first goal as the Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 at the Consol Energy Center.
"Our players played hard, especially considering the situation they were in going up against one of the best teams in the league on the road," Carlyle said. "I thought James van Riemsdyk, in particular, played hard and played well. All in all, it's the type of road game you feel good about winning."
Toronto improved to 2-1, while Pittsburgh fell to 2-1.
Clarke McArthur also scored his first goal and had an assist for the Maple Leafs. Tyler Bozak also had a goal, his second, and Nikolai Kulemin finished with three assists.
Toronto goaltender James Reimer stopped 28 of 30 shots in his first start of the season. Reimer was a bit of a surprise starter after Ben Scrivens allowed just three goals in the first two games.
"Our goaltender did a good job of shifting our momentum back our way after we fell behind 2-1," Carlyle said. "He made some very big saves."
It wasn't all good news, though, for the Maple Leafs. Right winger Joffrey Lupul suffered a broken forearm in the second period when he was struck by teammate Dion Phaneuf's slap shot.
Lupul was playing in his first game since signing a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension on Monday.
The game was Pittsburgh's home opener, and the fans gladly welcomed back the NHL following the 119-day lockout. The crowd of 18,641 was the largest in Consol Energy Center's three-year history and the Penguins' 255th consecutive sellout.
The Penguins, though, let down the fans by losing for the first time this season after winning at Philadelphia and at New York against the Rangers last weekend. The crowd did have a chance to cheer the first goals of the season by superstars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
"We didn't do a good job playing in space against them and gave them too many opportunities, putting too many pucks right on their tape," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We didn't pay attention to detail enough, and it really hurt us."
Van Riemsdyk scored twice in Toronto's three-goal second period as the Maple Leafs took a 3-2 lead. He beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from point-blank range to snap a 2-2 tie with 5:26 left, putting Toronto ahead for good.
Toronto moved in front 2-1 on tip-ins by MacArthur at 3:09 and van Riemsdyk at 6:48.
"I don't feel that I wasn't playing hard, but I definitely felt like I stepped up my intensity tonight," van Riemsdyk said. "I just tried to get to the net more and utilize my speed more."
The Maple Leafs pulled away in the third period, Grabovski scoring at 5:18 and Bozak reaching the back of the net on a two-man advantage with 1:01 remaining.
Just 29 seconds after van Riemsdyk's second goal, Crosby tied it for Pittsburgh with a breakaway goal.
Malkin opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 1:09 left in the first period, beating Reimer on a wrist shot from the short side.
However, the performance of the Penguins' stars wasn't enough to overcome the motivated Maple Leafs.
"I was not trying to criticize our players, I was just trying to motivate them to play a little harder," Carlyle said. "This is how we have to play to create more opportunities on offense, to score more goals and to win more games."
NOTES: Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner dressed for the first time this season and logged 17:29 of playing time. He had been out with a concussion since Dec. 9 when he was injured while playing for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. ... Malkin received a game misconduct penalty after time expired, but the reason for the call was unclear. ... Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland and Toronto right winger Colton Orr, who have a history of brawling with each other, received five-minute majors for fighting at 5:58 of the first period. ... Fleury stopped all seven shots in the first period but then gave up five goals on 17 shots in the final two periods. ... The Maple Leafs were 1-for-8 on the power play, and they are just 2-for-15 in those situations this season. ... Defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Robert Bortuzzo were healthy scratches for Pittsburgh along with center Dustin Jeffrey. Toronto's healthy scratches were defensemen Cody Franson and Mark Fraser and center David Steckel.