For the second consecutive outing, the Pittsburgh Penguins went into the third period down only to strike late and claim another come-from-behind victory, this time 3-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night.
Extending their winning streak to seven games, Pittsburgh now improves their record to 20-8-0 (40 points) and sits tied atop the Eastern Conference standings for first place with the Montreal Canadiens.
Pens forward Pascal Dupuis was the hero, as his two goals scored at the 12:42 and 17:50 minute marks of the third period put the team up 2-1.
And when Toronto had pulled goaltender Ben Scrivens, forward Craig Adams would seal the comeback win for Pittsburgh with an empty-netter.
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz both assisted on each of Dupuis’s tallies Thursday, making them the two top point scorers in the NHL. Â Crosby leads the way with 47 points (12G, 35A) and Kunitz sits right behind him with 39 points (18G, 21A).
Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar for Pittsburgh in net stopping 28 of 29 shots and recording his 14th win, which is now tied with Carey Price for tops in the NHL. Â He also now improves his goals against average to 2.58 and his save percentage to .905.
Kris Letang saw his point streak come to an end at six games, but the defenseman was still much involved with the rally Thursday. Â Skating the puck out of danger multiple times, Letang was a force on defense all night, finishing the game with a plus-1 rating.
Letang still leads all NHL defenseman with 27 points (3G, 24A).
Each team saw three power plays but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Â Defenseman Brooks Orpik was a little unlucky, as he was put in the box all three times for the Pens.
What’s important for Pittsburgh is that they were able to win their third win in three games without superstar Evgeni Malkin, who continues to deal with a upper-body injury he suffered the last time these two met on March 9th.
There continues to be no update on Malkin’s status, which could start speculation that this injury could possibly be more severe than what we are hearing. Â Remember, the injury held him not only out of game-action, but from taking a simple shootout attempt.
Continue to monitor Malkin’s status, and catch the Pens Saturday, as they look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they play the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh.
Game starts at 1 p.m.