Pittsburgh (27-24-5) at Toronto (20-25-10), 7:00 p.m. EST
TORONTO (Ticker) — The scales finally tipped in the Pittsburgh
Penguins’ favor. Now, they must build upon their latest victory
if they plan on making a playoff push.
Captain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins look to notch their
fourth win in five contests when they visit the Toronto Maple
Leafs on Saturday.
Though Pittsburgh took full advantage of its four-game
homestand, it remains tied for ninth place in the Eastern
Conference with 59 points – five away from catching Buffalo for
the eighth and final spot.
Crosby came up big in the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout triumph over
the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks on Wednesday by
scoring the game-winner in the bonus format.
It was the third time this season they have won despite scoring
one goal or less in regulation or overtime.
Toronto, meanwhile, has suffered through defensive lapses in
losing eight of 11. Currently on a two-game skid, the Maple
Leafs have yielded four goals or more in nine of those contests.
They are coming off a 6-4 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning on
Thursday, falling to 3-3-2 since the All-Star break.
In that contest, Lee Stempniak netted a pair of goals, Niklas
Hagman recorded a tally and an assist and rookie Nikolai Kulemin
also scored for Toronto, which has also dropped four of five.