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Maple Leafs offense flatlines in loss to Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs were defeated at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, with a final score of 3-0.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs were defeated at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, with a final score of 3-0.

It was the first time this season that Auston Matthews failed to register a point, as Toronto failed to generate any productive offense that would beat Pens goaltender Matt Murray.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen returned from a minor knee injury to start this game, and he was surely in fine form, turning away 36 of a possible 37 shots.

The Pens set the tone by opening the scoring 11:42 into the game, as Pittsburgh’s very dangerous power-play went to work.

On the man advantage, Sidney Crosby beat Par Lindholm clean on the face-off, swinging the puck back to Kris Letang, who found Malkin down-low where he jammed one through the legs of Andersen just six seconds into the power-play.

The shot was definitely one Andersen would want back, as he has shut the door on shots like that time and time again, but not on this occasion.

At the other end, Matt Murray put on a clinic, with some big time saves, most notably against the Maple Leafs line of Hyman, Tavares and Marner, who were all robbed of glorious chances throughout the game.

Coach Babcock elected to pull the goaltender with about three minutes to play in regulation, and it did not pay off, as Nazem Kadri put the puck into his own net on a attempted back pass to Morgan Rielly.

Malkin would receive credit for the goal, his second of the game, and Kris Letang scored his fourth of the season for the Penguins second empty net goal of the night to make the final score 3-0.

It surely will be fascinating seeing Pittsburgh’s big, strong, skilled centreman, Crosby and Malkin do battle with Matthews and Tavares for years to come. They’ll more than likely be plenty more goal scoring in future matchups.

Revisit all of the game’s highlights below.

Up next the Maple Leafs will welcome back Tyler Bozak to Toronto, as his St. Louis Blues will visit town on Saturday.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • The Maple Leafs loss snapped their five game winning streak, and now leaves them 2-2-0 at Scotiabank Arena this season
  • Matt Murray returned to the Pens lineup after missing the previous three games due to a concussion
  • Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin now has 62 points in 36 career games against Toronto
  • Fun fact: Pens Matt Cullen played in his first NHL game on October 28, 1997 at Maple Leaf Gardens

Out of town scoreboard

Colorado 5 New Jersey 3

Philadelphia 3 Columbus 6

Detroit 1 Tampa Bay 3

Vancouver 1 Winnipeg 4

Arizona 4 Chicago 1

Boston 2 Edmonton 3 (OT)

NY Islanders 7 Los Angeles 2

Buffalo 1 San Jose 5

More coverage to follow. Image from New Castle News.

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