Posted October 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
Toronto_maple_leafs_b7ba
Dave Bolland scored two goals and James Reimer had 37 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday. Making his first start since Oct. 17, when he left with a head injury after 32 seconds, Reimer was stellar after giving up a power-play goal to Kris Letang at 6:52 of the first. Reimer made a highlight-reel right-pad save on Pascal Dupuis on a 2-on-1 rush and used a quick glove hand to make a series of saves while the Leafs were again being outshot. Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel also scored for Toronto. Kadri, centering the first line in place of the injured Tyler Bozak, scored the game-winner on a pretty passing play at 1:26 of the third period. The Leafs matched the Penguins' jump on Saturday night as neither team looked as if it was playing the second half of back-to-back games. The first period was one of Toronto's best all season, thanks to plenty of sustained offensive pressure. That was even considering the Penguins took a 1-0 lead after Evgeni Malkin found Letang streaking toward the net for the defenseman's first goal of the season. The same lack of discipline that cost the Leafs on Friday night in a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets looked as if it would hurt them again. They took four minor penalties in the first period, but one of them paved the way for a short-handed goal. With Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson serving a hooking penalty, captain Dion Phaneuf connected with Bolland with a slap pass up the middle. Bolland wound up from above the faceoff circles and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a slap shot to tie the score 16:33 into the first. The Penguins dominated the second period, outshooting the Leafs 16-4, but Reimer was the difference. He stopped Brandon Sutter on a 2-on-1 rush with Tanner Glass. Reimer didn't stop there, denying Sidney Crosby on a one-timer at the side of the net and looking the puck all the way into his glove on a deflection in front from Matt D'Agostini, who was making his season debut. When D'Agostini shot high on Reimer, the 25-year-old flaunted a glove save. The Leafs were missing another forward after Bozak suffered a lower-body injury Friday night. That pressed Carter Ashton into the lineup and Kadri into duty as the first-line center between James van Riemsdyk and Kessel. That trio may not be together for long, but they were in sync when it mattered against the Penguins. Van Riemsdyk passed it to Kessel and he found Kadri, who lifted the puck past Fleury 1:26 into the third period. The Leafs put pressure on Fleury from there, and Kessel added an insurance goal on the power play at 17:05. Van Riemsdyk controlled the puck at the side of the net and sent a perfect cross-crease pass to Kessel, who was easily able to hit the empty net. It was Kessel's fifth goal in the past three games and his seventh of the season. Bolland scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. NOTES: Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi left the game late in the first period and did not return after taking a hit along the boards from David Clarkson. Scuderi struggled to get back on his skates and hobbled as he was helped off the ice. ... Deryk Engelland fought Frazer McLaren after Scuderi went down.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle makes goaltender controversy interesting.

Heading into the 2013 NHL season the major topic of conversation when it came to the Toronto Maple Leafs was their goaltender situation. The Leafs, who have both James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier in-goal, have decided to let the two battle for the top spot throughout the season. Head coach Randy Carlyle has dealt with the situation amicably. Carlyle has decided to give the net to...

Mike Augello: Reimer, Bolland Lift Leafs To Victory Over Pens

The Maple Leafs formula for victory this season has been a combination of great goaltending, effective special teams and getting outshot by at least 10 shots, which was followed to a tee on Saturday night, as James Reimer made 37 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Center. Nazem Kadri, who replaced the injured Tyler Bozak on Toronto’s top...

Leafs’ Tyler Bozak out 7-10 days with lower-body injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs have another forward out of the lineup as Tyler Bozak will be out for the next 7-10 days with a lower body injury, as reported by Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet. The injury comes at a difficult time for the Leafs, as Joffrey Lupul just got hurt, and Nikolai Kulemin hasn’t played since October 2nd. Through the first 11 games on the season, Bozak has three...

Maple Leafs coach Joffrey Lupul learns from scare

To play with your heart or your head: It's a fine line hockey players deal with every time they step on the ice in games and even in practice apparently. And it's an issue Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle felt obliged to address again on Thursday as he ran the risk of losing another front-line forward. On the eve of David Clarkson's return from the 10-game suspension...

Maple Leafs top Penguins

James Reimer wanted to keep things simple in his return. It had been a while since he started a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And his return came against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the potent Pittsburgh Penguins. ''Maybe there was some circumstances surrounding the game, but honestly I didn't really pay much attention to them or think about them much,'...

Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul out day-to-day with foot injury

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is out day-to-day with a foot injury. As per Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press, Lupul is out with a bone bruise in his right foot. The injury occured at practice after a shot went off his foot. He did not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets and remains questionable for the next game. The 30-year-old winger has six goals and four assists...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel’s gets hat-trick

Phil Kessel has scored five goals in three games, including a hat-trick against Anaheim, his fourth in his career. This past week has been good for Phil Kessel.  He recorded his fourth career hat-trick (second as a Leaf) in a 4-2 win  the over the Anaheim Ducks, scored a goal in a  5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and scored another goal in a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh...

Penguins @ Toronto Recap by @ryannoble66

Saturday Night the Penguins faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. James Reimer managed to make 38 saves as he lead the Leafs to a 4-1 victory in Toronto. The first period was a tough exchange for who could get the most penalties. For the most part back and forth. There were also goals. The first was scored by Pittsburgh when Pittsburgh's fan favorite Kris Letang buried...

Leafs At The Top Of The East

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, First place in the conference, a one-two goalie punch most teams would love to have and the decision to make the star right winger the highest-paid player in team history looking like good business indeed. Yes, these 26 days of October have been very, very rewarding for the Maple Leafs. The fact eight wins have been racked up in...

Mike Augello: Lupul Questionable For Leafs Match Vs. Blue Jackets

Per Sportsnet's Arash Madani, Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul did not participate in the club's morning skate at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, but worked out for 20 minutes on a stationary bike and is considered a game-time decision as Toronto takes on the Blue Jackets on Friday night. Lupul took a Paul Ranger shot off the skate at the MasterCard Center and left...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 11: Toronto Maple Leafs

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-0) Root Sports, CBC - 7:00 pm/et  Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON Saturday night on CBC. It's a big game for the Pens and for the Leafs. Like it or not, Saturday night in Toronto is the big time in hockey. The lights are bright, the pre-game video package is epic and Don Cherry is confused and out of...

The Good, The Bad, and Shutting Down Sidney by   Bradshaw Furlong

After surviving a disastrous second period, the Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Penguins out shot the Maple Leafs 38-30, while the Maple Leafs out hit the Penguins 45-26. First Period: The game begins rather sluggishly in terms of scoring opportunities [...]

Maple Leafs-Oilers Preview

James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier have provided the Toronto Maple Leafs with a trustworthy goaltending tandem, which is something the Edmonton Oilers only wish they could boast. Both teams are dealing with their share of injuries, though. Toronto looks to a win a fifth straight meeting with the Oilers as the teams face off Tuesday night in Edmonton. The Maple Leafs (8-4-0) are...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.