PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist as the Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 and extended their winning streak to seven.
It was a fitting win on the same day Penguins legend Mario Lemieux was honored with a statue in his likeness outside the CONSOL Energy Center – the arena that kept the franchise in Pittsburgh.
After both teams were held scoreless in the first period, the Leafs shot out to a 2-0 lead after goals by Phil Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson early in the second.
The Penguins began their rally when Dupuis got the puck past Jonas Gustavsson about midway through the second period.
Jordan Staal came through with a goal at 1:34 in the third period and Dupuis netted his second goal less than three minutes later.
Fleury received an unexpected night off and while the Maple Leafs kept Malkin – tied for the NHL scoring lead with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos – in check, the trio of Dupuis, Staal and Steve Sullivan filled in capably.
Enter Brad Thiessen, who was solid in his NHL debut against Columbus on Feb. 26, stopping 22 shots to pick up his first career victory, though he was quick to credit Pittsburgh’s defense after beating the woeful Blue Jackets.
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