PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and the Penguins rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday night.
Fleury was brilliant at times and lucky at least once. Bozak appeared to put the Maple Leafs up early in the first period, but the goal was wiped out when referees ruled Joffrey Lupul interfered with Fleury.
Matt Cooke scored the Pens’ first goal with less than four minutes left in the second period to make it 2-1.
After a pair of goals in the third period by Toronto , including a power-play tally by Tyler Bozak, the Penguins came back to tie it at 4-4 with goals from Steve Sullivan, Joe Vitale and Evgeni Malkin who went on to score the winning shootout goal.
“You’ve got to win a lot of different ways,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. “I’m not sure we deserved the fate we got tonight.”
Neither did the Maple Leafs, who dominated play for long stretches against the NHL’s hottest team but collapsed over the final 13 minutes of regulation as the Penguins won their eighth straight.
“I thought we played an excellent game, and that last goal was kind of lucky where hit him high in the shoulder,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “We got sloppy toward the end.”
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