TORONTO (AP) — Zach Hyman snapped a tie late in the second period, Garret Sparks produced 28 will save and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday night.
Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto, and Travis Dermott had a purpose and an assist. Jake Gardiner extra two helps.
Sidney Crosby and Teddy Blueger scored for Pittsburgh, which was devoid of Evgeni Malkin for a second straight match mainly because of an higher-system damage. Matt Murray stopped 30 pictures.
Equally groups ended up playing their second match in two nights — Toronto missing 3-2 in time beyond regulation Friday at Detroit, and Pittsburgh topped Ottawa 5-3 at household.
Toronto, which entered 4-7-1 about its past 12, went ahead with 3:54 remaining in the second on a slick play by Morgan Rielly and Mitch Marner.
The duo worked a give-and-go in restricted quarters along the boards before Rielly fired a shot that rebounded to Hyman, who outmuscled defenseman Kris Letang, kicked the puck to his stick as he fell to the ice and pushed in his ninth purpose.
Rielly’s assist was his 52nd stage, tying his occupation higher from 2017-18.
The Penguins approximately acquired that one correct again, but Sparks stopped Patric Hornqvist’s deflection and Tanner Pearson with his glove on the rebound.
Patrick Marleau had two likelihood to give Toronto a two-purpose guide in the third, but Murray was there both of those occasions, including with the pad on a excellent solo rush by the veteran winger.
Pittsburgh pulled its goalie with 1:30 remaining in regulation and had an offensive zone faceoff with 28.4 seconds remaining when Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev just skipped the vacant net on a shot that went for icing, but the household facet managed to hold on.
Jake Muzzin produced his household debut for the Leafs right after Monday’s trade with the Los Angeles Kings for two prospective buyers and a 2019 1st-spherical draft pick. The huge defenseman acquired cheers in the course of participant introductions and had the crowd at Scotiabank Arena buzzing six minutes in when he laid out Penguins ahead Jake Guentzel with a huge strike along the boards.
Notes: Former Leafs D Ian Turnbull was honored with Toronto’s J.P. Bickell Memorial Cup by the team’s board of administrators. The nod came 42 a long time to the working day right after Turnbull scored 5 objectives in a match on Feb. 2, 1977 — an NHL history for a blue-liner that nevertheless stands.
Pittsburgh Hosts Carolina on Tuesday night.
Toronto: Hosts Anaheim on Monday night.