The Pittsburgh Penguins came into the game losing 2 straight games in OT to Canadian based teams and looking to turn things around against the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs. Matt Murray returned from an injury and was able to stop the unit that includes Auston Matthews and John Tavares.
The Penguins got the first good opportunity to score a minute in when multiple players got shots on goal. Frederik Andersen was flailing all over the place, but the Leafs defense was able to clear the puck. The Leafs then had a good wrap around opportunity off the clear, but they were unable to finish. It took 11:42 for the first goal to go in and it was Evgeni Malkin scoring 6 seconds into the first power play of the night to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. That would be the only of the first period with the Penguins outshooting the Leafs 17-9.
The second period would end up to be scoreless, but many shots were taken by both teams as the Leafs couldn’t solve Murray in the second. Andersen was also able to make key saves.
The third period was where the scoring continued with Malkin getting his second goal of the evening on an empty net at the 17:42 to make it 2-0 Pens. Kris Letang would get his 100th goal at the 18:52 mark to make it 3-0 on the empty netter. Matt Murray was able to stop all 38 shots that came to him, while Andersen stopped 37. It was a goaltenders duel. The Penguins are now 3-1-2 and the the Leafs fall to 6-2-0.
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