January 31, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) moves in against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) during the shootout at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Pens Mount A Comback, Win In A Shootout Against Maple Leafs

The Pittsburgh Penguins went down 4-1 in the third period when they put together a great comeback, that was a total team effort.      The Comeback was topped off by Evgeni Malkin getting the game equalizing goal, and then after a scoreless overtime the shootout defining goal for a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After a scoreless first period, Toronto started the scoring with a goal by Mikhail Grabovski at the 6:51 mark of the second period.      The Maple Leafs were then able to take a 2-0 lead around the 10 minute mark of the second with Grabovski’s second goal of the night.       Matt Cooke was able to get one back for the Pens at the 17 minute mark of the second period on a tip in.        There was no more scoring in the second period.

The third period started out a lot like the second period.      Tyler Bozak scored a power play goal on a slap shot at the 6:18 point in the third period to make it  3-1.    Clarke MacArthur was able to get a wrist shot passed Fleury about 30 seconds later to make it a 4-1 game.    At this point in the game, it looked like the Pens magic was running out when things turned on a dime.

Steve Sullivan was able to get a slapper passed Gustavsson a couple of minutes later to make it a 4-2 game.       The Penguins continued to work and at the 15:31 mark of the 3rd period, Joe Vitale scored to make it 4-3.     At that point it was officially a game and one could see that the Pens were going to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Toronto net minder.        The game went down to the final seconds as the Penguins tried to pull Fleury a couple of times.    He was finally able to get off the ice and with 7 seconds left in the game, the Pittsburgh Penguin’s Evgeni Malkin was able to get a tip in to tie the game at 4.       If the Penguins did not already have the momentum, they certainly were able to steal it away at that point.

There were no goals scored in the overtime period, so the game went to a shootout.      The Penguin’s only on ice “Super Star” Evgeni Malkin, who had just tied the game to send it to OT, was the only player to score in the Shoot out and the Pens were able to come back and get both points.        That goal will not count towards his scoring title chances, but he will take the goal and a win in that situation any day of the week.

The Penguins will have a short turn around, as then finish there home and home with the Maple Leafs in Toronto tomorrow night.     I would expect Brent Johnson to play in net tomorrow night after Marc Andre Fleury playing his 24th game in a row on tonight.

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