The Pittsburgh Penguins improved their record to 4-1-0 by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto tonight.
Intent on playing a physical style, the Toronto Maple Leafs need better penalty killing to keep it from backfiring.
Undisciplined penalties resulted in three power-plays goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night – two of them by Sidney Crosby – in Toronto’s 5-2 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions.
There was plenty wrong all-around for the Maple Leafs (0-3-1), but the porous penalty killing was one area that particularly stood out. Crosby’s goals, both set up by Evgeni Malkin, came in the second period for a 4-1 lead that erased any hopes the Leafs might have had of mounting a comeback.
"There are a lot of things we have to do better," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "Clearing pucks is No. 1. … I’ve never done it, but we have to somehow practice shooting the puck down the ice, because we just aren’t very good at it."
Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Penguins (4-1-0), who were coming off a grinding 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night as they continue a grueling stretch of five games in eight days. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots to remain unbeaten.
Let’s go Pens!