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Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) -Sidney Crosby's so-called slump is over, folks.

Crosby scored his first two goals of the season, including the winner with 5:22 left in the third period, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

"It's not something I was too worried about," Crosby said. "If I wasn't getting chances I'd be a little worried but I thought it was just a matter of time."

The crowd of 19,479 at Air Canada Centre got its money's worth in a game that featured plenty of goals, even more chances, and very little defense.

On the deciding goal, Crosby banged a loose puck into an empty net after goalie Vesa Toskala stopped Darryl Sydor's point shot on a power play only to have the puck trickle behind him to Crosby. It was the lone power-play goal of the night.

Last season's NHL scoring champion came into the game with two assists and nine shots on goal in three games. He scored on two of his four shots Saturday.

"I remember last year I went eight to 10 games without a goal, so I was hoping it wasn't going to be that long," Crosby said. "But that happens, that's part of playing hockey. The seasons are full of ups and downs. You just have to battle through it."

Maxime Talbot added a pair of goals, and Ryan Malone and Erik Christensen also scored to help the Penguins improve to 2-2-0.

Jason Blake, Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov and Darcy Tucker replied for the Maple Leafs, who dropped to 2-3-1.

Toskala was solid despite letting in five goals, stopping 46 shots - one short of his career high.

"I feel sorry for Vesa, he's kicking 50 shots aside," Leafs winger Alex Steen said. "We're taking too many penalties and they took advantage at the end."

The Leafs were handed a power play with 1:32 to go in the third period, but couldn't capitalize, and Talbot ended it with an empty-netter with 49.2 seconds left.

Crosby has never had a fighting major in the NHL but came close late in the second period, exchanging a few face washes with Antropov. Both players got roughing penalties.

"I went to finish my hit and he got his stick up a bit," Crosby said. "A little bit of a scrum. Nothing major. That's not a fight. I didn't drop the gloves."

Notes: Forward Kyle Wellwood (groin) and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (knee) joined their Maple Leafs teammates for the pregame skate Saturday morning, their first practice with the team since they were injured. Both players said they hoped to be back in the lineup soon, perhaps as early as next week. Winger Alex Ponikarovsky (knee) missed his second straight game. ... Toronto native Mike Myers, in town shooting "The Love Guru," dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:09
PIT
Erik Christensen (1) ASST: Adam Hall (1)
1 - 0 PIT
06:37
TOR
Darcy Tucker (1) ASST: Hal Gill (4), Simon Gamache (2)
1 - 1 Tie
08:39
TOR
Nik Antropov (4) ASST: Jason Blake (4), Alexander Steen (4)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
00:55
TOR
Mats Sundin (3) ASST: Nik Antropov (3), Pavel Kubina (4)
3 - 1 TOR
06:31
PIT
Sidney Crosby (1) ASST: Petr Sykora (2), Sergei Gonchar (2)
3 - 2 TOR
06:50
PIT
Maxime Talbot (2) ASST: Gary Roberts (3), Adam Hall (2)
3 - 3 Tie
16:00
PIT
Ryan Malone (2) ASST: Jordan Staal (1), Evgeni Malkin (4)
4 - 3 PIT
16:27
TOR
Jason Blake (1) ASST: Mats Sundin (7), Alexander Steen (5)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
14:38
PIT
PPG - Sidney Crosby (2) ASST: Darryl Sydor (1), Mark Recchi (3)
5 - 4 PIT
19:10
PIT
SHG - EN - Maxime Talbot (3) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:21
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Holding the stick against  Sidney Crosby
15:07
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Darcy Tucker
17:02
PIT
Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
18:34
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Colby Armstrong
2nd Period
01:29
TOR
Mats Sundin  Interference against  Ryan Malone
09:56
PIT
Rob Scuderi  Cross checking against  Matt Stajan
13:30
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Ryan Malone
16:58
TOR
Nik Antropov  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
16:58
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
00:53
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
04:46
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Interference against  Ryan Malone
08:29
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Tripping against  Pavel Kubina
12:57
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:04
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
15:41
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Tripping against  Jordan Staal
18:28
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Tripping against  Nik Antropov
19:10
TOR
Nik Antropov  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 21TOI: 44:48
Saves: 19EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
Dany Sabourin
SA: 6TOI: 15:07
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 51TOI: 59:00
Saves: 46EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .902SH: 6 - 6