FLUKE GOAL GIVES MAPLE LEAFS A 3-2 OVERTIME VICTORY
TORONTO – Bryan McCabe’s goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 overtime win Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It was a strange ending for the Penguins as Kyle Wellwood’s shot deflected off goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, hit McCabe on the left shoulder and bounced into the net for the game-winning goal.
Sergei Gonchar got the Penguins (10-19-9) near the start of the first period.
Sidney Crosby backhanded a pass to Ziggy Palffy at the top of the crease. Palffy shot the puck at the net and Ed Belfour made the save. However, Gonchar, who trailed the play, tapped the rebound into a wide-open net 5:47 into the first period.
In the second period, Penguins defenseman took a McCabe slap-shot to the left wrist. The shot appeared to cut his wrist and he headed to the locker room.
Toronto’s Chad Kilger tied the game at 1-1 just 1:15 into the third period. He wristed a shot past Thibault in the slot.
Just 2:49 later, Kilger made it 2-1 when he backhanded a shot past Thibault from almost the same spot.
Michel Ouellet tied the game with a power-play goal with 4:39 to play. Stationed near the far post, Ouellet one-timed Palffy’s cross-crease pass into the net. Ryan Whitney was credited with the other assist.
The Penguins travel to Montreal on Tuesday.