Pittsburgh (24-21-5) at Toronto (18-23-8)
TORONTO (Ticker) — The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a much-needed
victory, while the Pittsburgh Penguins were robbed of one in
their most recent contest.
After winning for just the second time in their last 10 games,
the Maple Leafs look to build off that success when facing the
struggling Penguins on Saturday.
Jason Blake scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period
and added two assists as the Maple Leafs snapped a four-game
losing streak Thursday with a 7-4 victory over the Colorado
Dominic Moore netted two goals and set up another while Alexei
Ponikarovsky, Niklas Hagman, defenseman Ian White and Nikolai
Kulemin collected two assists apiece for the Maple Leafs, who
had lost eight of their previous nine contests.
Though Toronto is stationed toward the bottom of the Eastern
Conference standings, the Penguins still have hope of negating a
shoddy first half.
Pittsburgh failed to notch its second straight win on Friday,
when the New Jersey Devils posted a 4-3 overtime victory at
Captain Sidney Crosby and Maxime Talbot scored in a 20-second
span midway through the first period and All-Star Evgeni Malkin
netted his 100th career goal, but the Penguins lost for the
second time in three contests.