Toronto Maple Leaf Give It Away; Lose 6-5 to Pittsburgh Penguins

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The picture says it all.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had every chance to win this game. However, when the going got tough, the Leafs just ran away. The Leafs dominated the play for close to all of the second period but as soon as the third period hit, it was all the Pittsburgh Penguins. The end result was 6-5 shootout loss for the Leafs.

The first period got started off with both teams getting off to fast starts, but it was Chicago drew first blood as Chris Connor put the Penguins up 1-0 less than two minutes into the game.

About four minutes later, the Leafs were able to tie the game off of a beautiful James van Riemsdyk tip of a Dion Phaneuf shot. Nazem Kadri put the Leafs up 2-1  just over halfway through the period and the Leafs held on to that lead for the rest of the period.

The Leafs got off to a real fast start in the second period as JVR scored his second goal of the game 13 seconds into the second frame to make it 3-1. Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after that goal. Phil Kessel quickly followed up with only his second even strength goal of the month to make it 4-1.

The Penguins then started their road back midway through the period as both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang scored power play goals to bring the game to 4-3. The Leafs were able to add a Tyler Bozak goal with five seconds left to go into the intermission up 5-3.

Then the wheels fell off. James Neal added another power play goal and Malkin scored the second of the game on a questionable non-call to tie the game before 10-minute mark of the third period. The Penguins completely dominated from then on in.

The Leafs were unable to register even a single shot in the third period, the first time since the year 2000 since that happened. Overtime didn’t solve anything as the Leafs failed to register a shot in overtime as well.

Sidney Crosby and Malkin scored in the shootout to give the Penguins the win.

Topics: Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Tim Bayer

    I missed the game, but ZERO SHOTS IN THE THIRD??? No wonder the lead slipped away. This team needs to figure out how to play a full 60-minute game.