Maple Leafs put away Penguins

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 29, 2011
Phil Kessel scored his league-leading 10th goal midway through the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-1). Matt Cooke, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin scored for the weary Penguins (8-3-2), who were playing for the 13th time in 26 days. The Penguins were also without several stars as Jordan Staal is sidelined with a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby continues to recover from a concussion and starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury sat out. Kessel and Pittsburgh's James Neal entered the evening tied for the NHL lead in goals. Kessel edged ahead shortly after the Penguins erased their third one-goal deficit of the game and Pittsburgh goalie Jonas Gustavsson made sure it stood up by stacking his pads on a great opportunity by Neal with less than 5 minutes to play. MacArthur's second goal of the season put Toronto ahead 3-2 at 3:08 of the third period before Malkin tied it with a one-timer during a 5-on-3 power play at 7:59. Kessel then got the game winner at 10:08 as the puck barely touched his stick before he fired a shot past Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson. Malkin had a tough start as he was in the penalty box for Toronto's first two goals. Grabovski tipped home a point shot by Dion Phaneuf at 11:31 of the first period. After Cooke tied the score at 10:21 of the second before Connolly knocked home a rebound for his first goal with the Leafs a little more than a minute later to put Toronto back ahead. Kunitz scored on the power play to tie the score again with 4:54 left in the second period. Gustavsson, making his third straight start in place of the injured James Reimer (whiplash-like symptoms), stopped 37 shots. He made a big save on Steve Sullivan in the first period before shutting the door in the final minutes - picking up wins in consecutive appearances for the first time since March 2010. Notes: Former Leafs captain Mats Sundin was in attendance and received a long ovation during the first period. Sundin's No. 13 will be honored on Feb. 11 before a game with Montreal ... Penguins forward Steve Sullivan is wearing a No. 3 sticker on his helmet in honor of good friend Wade Belak, who died Aug. 31.
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