March 7, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins wingers Pascal Dupuis (right) and Steve Sullivan (26) celebrate Dupuis scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Pens Drop Maples Leafs 3-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins spotted the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead, and was able to come back and win with some inspired play by the second line especially Pasqual Dupuis.       

The second line scored all 3 goals for the Penguins tonight while the first line continued to ring pucks off of the crossbars and the net.        The Penguins were able to limit the Maple Leafs to 24 shots for the game, and only 3 shots in the first period.       The Pens were able to out shoot the Leafs 11-3 in that first period though neither team scored a goal in the period.

The Maple Leafs got off to a fast start in the second period with a Phil Kessel goal in the first minute of the period.       Carl Gunnarsson had a tip in 6 minutes later to stretch the lead to 2-0.      This was an extremely important point in game for the Penguins young Goalie.     Down 2, Thiessen could have folded.     It was important for the Pens to retaliate with a goal quickly, and just 2 minutes later they got just what the doctor ordered.     Pasqual Dupuis put the first of his 2 goals of the night in with a tip in.       The Pens Defense and Brad Thiessen held their ground from that point on.

Jordan Staal scored to tie the game up at the 1:34 mark of the 3rd period.       Not 4 minutes later when Super Duper scored again to make the game 3-2.         From that point on, the Penguins kept the heat on, but were not able to put any more pucks past Gustavsson.       Thiessen was also up to the task, and got a little help on the way with some bad breaks from the Maple Leafs.       It was a good effort against a team the Penguins have struggled against this season.

That win secured the Pens 7 game winning streak, and also gave them their 11the win in their last 12 games at home.       The Penguins have an off day tomorrow followed by another home game against the Florida Panthers.

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