Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 4

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 25-19-3-3 14-8-2-2 11-11-1-1 L1
Pittsburgh 29-17-2-2 15-7-2-0 14-10-0-2 W8


Evgeni Malkin scored the game-tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in regulation and added the winner in the second round of the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Tuesday for their eighth consecutive victory.

Malkin cruised in on Toronto netminder Jonas Gustavsson in the shootout before slapping a shot off the right post and into the net. Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all three Toronto attempts as the Penguins moved within two victories of equaling the longest streak in the NHL this season.

Trailing 4-1 with 12 minutes left in the third period, the Penguins stormed back. Steve Sullivan closed the gap at 8:33 and Joe Vitale made it a one-goal game by sliding in a rebound from point-blank range with just under five minutes remaining.

Malkin then sent the CONSOL Energy Center crowd into hysterics when he redirected James Neal's blast from the edge of the left circle past Gustavsson.

Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski celebrated his 28th birthday by scoring the opening two goals of the game and adding an assist. Grabovski, the reigning NHL player of the week, has eight goals in his last three games.

Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur added third-period goals for the Leafs, while Matt Cooke had the other goal for the Penguins.

The Maple Leafs killed off Pittsburgh's only man-advantage opportunity of the night to become the first team since the 1973-74 Chicago Blackhawks to go an entire calendar month of at least 10 games without surrendering a power-play goal. Toronto went 17 for 17 on the penalty kill in January.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   Pittsburgh
Mikhail Grabovski 3 Points Steve Sullivan 2
Mikhail Grabovski 2 Goals Steve Sullivan 1
Nikolay Kulemin 2 Assists Steve Sullivan 1
Tyler Bozak 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonas Gustavsson .886 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .897
Jonas Gustavsson 31 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 39 4 1-3 1-1 4 30
Pittsburgh 35 5 0-1 2-3 8 30

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Toronto. The Penguins have a W/L % of .643 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .440 after a win and .560 after a loss.
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