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19-9-3
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Comeau's 3rd goal lifts Penguins by Maple Leafs

Wes Crosby  - NHL.com Correspondent | Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 1:07 AM

PITTSBURGH -- Blake Comeau's hat trick lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

After a scoreless third period with a combined eight shots, Comeau scored 2:53 into overtime by slapping a shot past a screen by Sidney Crosby, who had an assist on the goal to become the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to reach 800 points, and through Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

It was Comeau’s second hat trick, first since March 2, 2010, when he played for the New York Islanders. He has scored eight goals in 20 games after scoring five with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

“I’m getting a good opportunity to play with some really good players,” Comeau said. “And it feels good to contribute offensively. Sid’s 800th point tonight, so it’s pretty cool I could be a part of that one as well.”

Crosby said reaching 800 points is satisfying mostly because it’s another milestone he can put behind him.

“It’s a nice number,” he said. “It’s nicer when you win, for sure. And when you get around those, you’re told and it’s talked about. Hopefully you get it and you can move on. So it’s nice to get it in a win and can just keep going.”

Marc-Andre Fleury won the 301st of his career by stopping 24 of 27 shots. Pittsburgh swept its season series with Toronto and kept pace atop the Metropolitan Division with the Islanders, who defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime.

The Maple Leafs used a three-goal second period to recover from a two-goal deficit after one period.

Mike Santorelli slipped a pass by Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta to Leo Komarov, who tipped the puck over Fleury's glove 8:11 into the second for his first of two goals, cutting the Penguins lead to 2-1.

Komarov scored 2:37 later by deflecting Dion Phaneuf's shot down onto the ice. The puck ricocheted over a falling Fleury's glove to tie the game 2-2 with 9:12 remaining. Komarov had two goals entering the game.

"It was a great [second-period] effort,” Bernier said. “I thought we came out a little sloppy in the first, but we bounced back. It's not an easy building, it's not an easy team, and they have a lot of speed. We played a pretty good game.”

Pittsburgh regained the lead when Chris Kunitz whipped a shot toward the net from the blue line near the left boards that Comeau tipped through Toronto defenseman Cody Franson and Bernier to put the Penguins up 3-2 with 6:41 left in the second.

With Stephane Robidas in the penalty box for hooking, Pittsburgh's top-ranked power play had a chance to re-establish a two-goal lead. Tyler Bozak made sure that didn't happen.

Bozak scored a shorthanded goal after poking a pass from Crosby past Kris Letang and beating Letang to the puck down the ice. Bozak put a wrist shot under Fleury's left pad to tie the game 3-3 with 3:39 left in the period.

“I thought we played pretty well for a lot of the night,” Bozak said. “I think when you get off to a start like that, you get behind the 8-ball, it’s always tough to crawl back, especially against a team like Pittsburgh. So it’s nice to see that we were able to get back in that game and come out of it with a point.”

Comeau scored his sixth goal 26 seconds into the game. Evgeni Malkin collected a rebound off of a Christian Ehrhoff shot behind the goal and slid a pass through Bernier and into the crease. Comeau, who has been moved to the second line to play with Malkin and Kunitz, battled Morgan Rielly and backhanded a shot into the Toronto net.

“I didn’t think we had a very good start,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “Obviously, we got scored on in the first minute of the game, but then it settled down after that. I think we took lessons from the first goal that they scored, and our power play took momentum away from them.”

Pittsburgh finished the first period at a 14-7 shot disadvantage, which was due in large part to two Toronto power plays. The Penguins successfully killed each chance, with Fleury the key to the second kill, when he stopped seven shots before David Clarkson was called for holding with four seconds remaining on the man-advantage.

“I believe we were inconsistent tonight,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “We had a pretty good start, even thought the shots weren’t in our favor. We had some great chances that we missed the net. We missed some touches around the net. I thought we had the better scoring chances through two periods, but I didn’t think we had the energy.

“I didn’t think we had the speed. We made some mistakes with the puck on puck management; we have to be better in that area. So, in some way, we weren’t sharp, and I’m hoping we’re going to get better as we move along.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:26PIT Blake Comeau (6) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (16), Christian Ehrhoff (7) 1 - 0 PIT
12:39PIT PPG - Evgeni Malkin (11) ASST: Kris Letang (13), Sidney Crosby (21) 2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
08:11TOR Leo Komarov (3) ASST: Mike Santorelli (8), Nazem Kadri (5) 2 - 1 PIT
10:48TOR Leo Komarov (4) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (10), Mike Santorelli (9) 2 - 2 Tie
13:19PIT Blake Comeau (7) ASST: Chris Kunitz (10), Evgeni Malkin (17) 3 - 2 PIT
16:21TOR SHG - Tyler Bozak (9) ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
02:53PIT Blake Comeau (8) ASST: Kris Letang (14), Sidney Crosby (22) 4 - 3 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Blake Comeau
1st
Blake Comeau
LW
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:27
Evgeni Malkin
2nd
Evgeni Malkin
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:44
Leo Komarov
3rd
Leo Komarov
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:27PIT Evgeni Malkin  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
09:15PIT Nick Spaling  Slashing against  Dion Phaneuf
11:11TOR David Clarkson  Holding against  Christian Ehrhoff
2nd Period
03:36PIT Brandon Sutter  Slashing against  Jake Gardiner
15:21TOR Stephane Robidas  Hooking against  Steve Downie
3rd Period
04:33TOR Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Patric Hornqvist
04:33PIT Patric Hornqvist  Holding the stick against  Dion Phaneuf
05:19TOR Morgan Rielly  Holding the stick against  Evgeni Malkin
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodTORPIT
1st147
2nd1012
3rd35
OT02
Total2726
Team Stats
CategoryTORPIT
Power Plays0/31/3
Hits4038
Faceoff Wins2741
Giveaways1114
Takeaways44
Blocked Shots2012
Penalty Minutes88
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