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Crosby, Penguins look to build off recent victory

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.



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