Maple Leafs spoil Penguins' home opener, 5-2
Fans cheer on the Penguins during the first period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.
Penguins teammates congratulate Evgeni Malkin on his goal against Toronto in the first period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled the Penguins' home opener, 5-2, tonight.
The largest hockey crowd in Consol Energy Center history, 18,641, watched.
The Penguins got the only goal of the first period.
The Maple Leafs' Mike Komisarek got penalized for cross-checking the Penguins' Joe Vitale, and Evgeni Malkin scored on the resulting power play.
Malkin, from just below the right circle, one-timed a pass from Sidney Crosby, who was at the top of that circle. The puck bounced in off of the equipment of Toronto goaltender James Reimer for a 1-0 lead at 18:51 of the first period.
It was the first goal this season for Malkin, the defending NHL scoring champion and MVP.
The other happening of note in the first period was a long heavyweight fight between the Penguins' Deryk Engelland and Toronto's Colton Orr.
The Maple Leafs tied it, 1-1, when Clarke MacArthur tipped the puck in from just above the crease at 3:09 of the second period. That gave MacArthur points in seven games in a row against the Penguins.
James Van Riemsdyk gave the Toronto a 2-1 lead at 6:48 of the second period by sweeping in a rebound that landed in the crease.
Just 29 seconds later, Sidney Crosby's first goal of the season tied it, 2-2, for the Penguins. Crosby blocked a pass by the Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf and took off. He took a crisp pass from Pascal Dupuis for a breakaway and scored from the left hash marks. That gave Crosby at least one point in seven games in a row against Toronto.
The Penguins then withstood 5:03 shorthanded, including 57 seconds being down by two men.
Less than a minute after that stretch, Toronto took a 3-2 lead on Van Riemsdyk's second goal. He intercepted a pass by Malkin, who was along the boards in his own end. Van Riemsdyk ripped a shot over the shoulder of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Toronto increased its lead to 4-2 at 5:18 of the third period when Mikhail Grabovski whipped a shot from the inner edge of the right circle past Fleury's glove.
The Maple Leafs' Tyler Bozak batted in a rebound to make it 5-2 at 18:59 of the third period while Toronto had a five-on-three power play.
The Penguins, who opened the season with two wins in the road, play Friday in Winnipeg.
First Published January 23, 2013 9:54 pm