Penguins rally from early 3-goal deficit, beat Leafs in SONov 28, 2013 - 5:16 AM
Pittsburgh trailed 4-1 early in the second period and 5-3 heading into the third before James Neal potted a power-play goal at 3:46 and Malkin followed just under four minutes later with his sixth of the season to tie the tilt.
Despite outshooting the Leafs 19-0 over the final 25 minutes, the Penguins were unable to push the go-ahead goal past Jonathan Bernier, forcing the game into a shootout.
After both shooters came up empty in the first round, Crosby skated in and got Bernier to commit early on a poke check before stuffing the disc into the net.
Rookie Jeff Zatkoff, in his first NHL shootout, then stoned David Clarkson before Malkin ended the game with a quick wrister past Bernier's blocker side.
"I think we knew we had a lot of time left and fortunately we stuck with it," Crosby said of the comeback. "Give everyone credit for sticking with it because that first 25 minutes was as ugly as it gets I think."
Malkin added his 24th assist of the season, while Kris Letang registered a goal and two assists and Neal notched a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who had dropped two straight.
Zatkoff stopped 11-of-13 shots in relief of starter Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled early in the second after giving up three goals on 11 shots.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist for the Leafs, who have lost two straight, while Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri each lit the lamp once.
"It's disappointing that we had a 4-1 lead and that was the result," van Riemsdyk said.
Bernier allowed five goals on 48 shots in defeat.
Van Riemsdyk and Kessel scored 29 seconds apart less than a minute into the second off a pair of Letang turnovers to stake the Leafs to a 4-1 lead, but the Pittsburgh defenseman played a key role in the team's next two goals to get the Pens within one.
Both Pittsburgh goals came on the power play, with Letang setting up Malkin's one-timer from the right circle at 8:27 before adding his fifth of the season at 15:20 to make it a 4-3 game.
However, Bozak stuffed home a rebound try from the low right side with under five seconds left in the frame to give Toronto a 5-3 lead.
Early on, Chris Conner scored his first of the season just 1:57 into the first to give the Penguins an early edge, but Toronto tallied the next four goals of the game to build a seemingly comfortable cushion.
Van Riemsdyk started the rally with a power-play marker at 5:09, as he tipped in Dion Phaneuf's left-point blast to tie the game.
A poor line change from the Penguins later in the first helped the Leafs jump on top, with the miscue setting up a 3-on-1 Toronto rush that Kadri converted with a wicked wrister from the right circle that sailed past the blocker side of Fleury for a 2-1 lead at 11:41.
The Leafs are the first team in the NHL this season to be held without a shot in the third period of a game ... The last time the Leafs were held without a shot in a period was Apr. 3, 2000 against Buffalo ... Pittsburgh improved to 20-3 in its last 23 shootouts ... The Penguins moved to 11-3-0 at home this season ... Pittsburgh went 3-for-5 on the power play, while Toronto finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
- TORONTO: 5
Final - 2OT
Nov 27 10:32 PM
- TORONTO: 5
End of OT
Nov 27 10:26 PM
- TORONTO: 5
End of Regulation
Nov 27 10:18 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Evgeni Malkin (6), at 7:41.
Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 5 3rd - 12:19Nov 27 9:51 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - James Neal (7), from Evgeni Malkin at 3:46.
Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 4 3rd - 16:14Nov 27 9:46 PM
- TORONTO: 5
End of 2nd
Nov 27 9:21 PM
- Phil Kessel snap shot on Jeff Zatkoff.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3 2nd - 0:06Nov 27 9:19 PM
- Toronto Goal - Tyler Bozak (4), at 19:55.
Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 3 2nd - 0:05Nov 27 9:19 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Chris Kunitz (12), at 15:20.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3 2nd - 4:40Nov 27 9:12 PM
- Phil Kessel shot blocked by James Neal.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2 2nd - 8:45Nov 27 9:04 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Brandon Sutter, at 9:50.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3 2nd - 10:10Nov 27 8:55 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Evgeni Malkin (5), at 8:27.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2 2nd - 11:33Nov 27 8:53 PM
- Toronto Goal - Phil Kessel (13), at :42.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 1 2nd - 19:18Nov 27 8:37 PM
- Toronto Goal - James van Riemsdyk (11), at :13.
Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 1 2nd - 19:47Nov 27 8:36 PM
- TORONTO: 2
End of 1st
Nov 27 8:16 PM
- Toronto Goal - Nazem Kadri (7), at 11:41.
Maple Leafs 2, Penguins 1 1st - 8:19Nov 27 8:01 PM
- Toronto Power-Play Goal - James van Riemsdyk (10), at 5:09.
Maple Leafs 1, Penguins 1 1st - 14:51Nov 27 7:50 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Chris Conner, at 1:57.
Maple Leafs 0, Penguins 1 1st - 18:03Nov 27 7:43 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Nov 27 7:40 PM
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