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Late goal by Cooke helps Penguins nip Maple Leafs

Sep 27, 2008 - 2:34 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Defenseman Kris Letang and Matt Cooke scored 2:11 apart late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 preseason triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

After erasing a pair of deficits, the Penguins fell behind, 4-3, when blue-liner Tomas Kaberle beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury at 7:55 of the third. But Letang scored his second goal of the preseason with 3:46 remaining to draw Pittsburgh even, and Cooke - who was signed as a free agent during the summer - tallied with 95 seconds left to put the Penguins in front.

Janne Pesonen scored a power-play goal, defenseman Mark Eaton tallied and captain Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. Ruslan Fedotenko collected three assists and blue-liner Alex Goligoski set up a pair of tallies.

Former Penguin Dominic Moore opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal, his third tally of the preseason. Alexei Ponikarovsky and defenseman Luke Schenn also scored for the Maple Leafs, while Kaberle added two assists.

Fleury finished with 37 saves and counterpart Vesa Toskala turned aside 20 shots for Toronto.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 3 5
    TORONTO 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (SH) DOMINIC MOORE 3 (JAMAL MAYERS) 15:24
    PIT - (PP) JANNE PESONEN 1 (RUSLAN FEDOTENKO, ALEX
    GOLIGOSKI) 16:58
    TOR - ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 2 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, TOMAS
    KABERLE) 19:43
    2ND PRD: TOR - LUKE SCHENN 1 (N

    Sep 26 10:01 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 5
    TORONTO 4
    3RD PRD: PIT - MATT COOKE 1 (PASCAL DUPUIS, MAXIME TALBOT) 18:25

    Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 1:35Sep 26 9:56 PM
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    Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 1:35Sep 26 9:56 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 4
    TORONTO 4
    3RD PRD: PIT - KRISTOPHER LETANG 2 (BROOKS ORPIK, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO)
    16:14

    Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 3:46Sep 26 9:50 PM
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    Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 3:46Sep 26 9:50 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 3
    TORONTO 4
    3RD PRD: TOR - TOMAS KABERLE 1 (UNASSISTED) 7:55

    Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 12:05Sep 26 9:37 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 3
    TORONTO 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 2 (MIROSLAV SATAN, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 5:36

    Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 3  3rd - 14:24Sep 26 9:34 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 2
    TORONTO 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (SH) DOMINIC MOORE 3 (JAMAL MAYERS) 15:24
    PIT - (PP) JANNE PESONEN 1 (RUSLAN FEDOTENKO, ALEX
    GOLIGOSKI) 16:58
    TOR - ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 2 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, TOMAS
    KABERLE) 19:43
    2ND PRD: TOR - LUK

    Sep 26 9:08 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 2
    TORONTO 3
    2ND PRD: PIT - MARK EATON 1 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, SIDNEY CROSBY) 10:51

    Penguins 2, Maple Leafs 3  2nd - 9:09Sep 26 8:52 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    TORONTO 3
    2ND PRD: TOR - LUKE SCHENN 1 (NIK ANTROPOV, TOMAS KABERLE) 1:55

    Penguins 1, Maple Leafs 3  2nd - 18:05Sep 26 8:35 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 1
    TORONTO 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (SH) DOMINIC MOORE 3 (JAMAL MAYERS) 15:24
    PIT - (PP) JANNE PESONEN 1 (RUSLAN FEDOTENKO, ALEX
    GOLIGOSKI) 16:58
    TOR - ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 2 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, TOMAS
    KABERLE) 19:43
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Sep 26 8:13 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    TORONTO 2
    1ST PRD: TOR - ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 2 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, TOMAS KABERLE)
    19:43

    Penguins 1, Maple Leafs 2  1st - 0:17Sep 26 8:12 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - (PP) JANNE PESONEN 1 (RUSLAN FEDOTENKO, ALEX GOLIGOSKI)
    16:58

    Penguins 1, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 3:02Sep 26 8:09 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 0
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: TOR - (SH) DOMINIC MOORE 3 (JAMAL MAYERS) 15:24

    Penguins 0, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 4:36Sep 26 8:08 PM