Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2

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TORONTO (AP)—The Toronto Maple Leafs showed they’ve put an embarrassing blowout loss behind them.

Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist in the Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Owen Nolan also had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who rebounded from Saturday’s 7-1 loss to Philadelphia with wins over Carolina and Pittsburgh.

“We still had the sour taste in our mouth from that Philadelphia game,” Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. “I think we’ve come back with two really good efforts. We definitely have given a lot better effort.”

Aki Berg, Darcy Tucker and Robert Reichel also scored as the Maple Leafs took advantage of the Penguins playing without Mario Lemieux, who’s sidelined with a strained left hip muscle.

“We know Mario is going to be back very soon and when he does we are much better, there’s no question about it,” Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk said.

Toronto outshot Pittsburgh 17-4 in the first period, and 38-24 overall.

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the top overall pick in the draft, has impressed in his rookie season. Fleury, who made 34 saves, robbed Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle of a goal with a glove save in the second.

“For sure I was nervous a little bit, but I just tried to stay calm,” said Fleury, who made his first start in Canada.

Ryan Malone had a short-handed goal for the Penguins, whose three-game unbeaten streak ended.

Berg’s slap shot from the blue line beat Fleury at 1:38 of the first, and Tucker put his own rebound past Fleury at 8:38 to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Pittsburgh’s Rico Fata got past Toronto defenseman Ken Klee and put a shot on Ed Belfour before collecting the rebound and passing the puck to Malone, who cut it to 2-1 at 10:25 of the second.

Reichel made it 3-1 when he put a rebound past Fleury at 2:03 of the third.

The game featured three fights after the Penguins fell behind 3-1. Toronto’s Bryan Marchment got into it with Pittsburgh’s Ramzi Abid, pulling the sweater over Abid’s head, and Toronto’s Wade Belak and Pittsburgh’s Steve McKenna fought at the same time as Toronto’s Nathan Perrott and Pittsburgh’s Dan Focht went at it.

“Toronto had a bad loss against Philly on Saturday, so obviously they wanted to play as hard as they could,” Fata said. “They had a lot of intensity over there and so did we. There’s no bad blood between the teams. It was just a good hard game.”

McCabe’s shot from the blue line made it 4-1 at 12:17 of the third.

Fata scored at 18:27 of the third to complete the scoring.


Lemieux left Saturday’s game against Boston after one period with the strained muscle in his hip, an injury that’s bothered him for about 10 days. Despite scoring only one goal in 19 games dating to last season—the worst stretch of his career—Lemieux has a team-high nine points. … Belfour improved to 14-5-1 in his career against Pittsburgh. … Fleury made his fourthstraight start.

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  Game Winning Goal
R. Reichel R. Reichel
Toronto Maple Leafs
Scored at 2:03 of 3rd


Goalie Team Shot Save
Marc-Andre Fleury Pit 38 34
Ed Belfour Fla 24 22