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Toronto at Pittsburgh

Antropov provides three points to lead Maple Leafs over Penguins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Two days after one of his worst efforts of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala got back between the pipes and had a much smoother outing.

Nik Antropov had a goal and two assists, and six other Toronto players scored in the Maple Leafs' 7-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

"I think this was one of the easiest games I've had with the Leafs," said Toskala, who made 20 saves after allowing four goals on 11 shots in an 8-5 loss to Boston on Thursday. "It was lots of fun to play."

Pavel Kubina and Alexei Ponikarovsky each had a goal and an assist, Jonas Frogren scored his first NHL goal, and Tomas Kaberle had three assists as the Maple Leafs netted a season-best seven goals.

Dominic Moore, Jeremy Williams and Niklas Hagman also scored for Toronto, which won for the fourth time in five games.

"We just worked hard," said Antropov, who has scored in three straight games and has six points in that stretch. "We wanted to bounce back from what happened in Boston, and we did it. I thought everybody played excellent tonight, and we got two points."

Petr Sykora scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which allowed a season high for goals and lost for the fifth time in seven games.

"It was a bad game by everyone involved," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said. "We didn't show up."

Toronto got two goals from players in action for the first time after injuries (Frogren, Hagman) and another from Williams, in his fifth game of the season.

Moore opened the scoring during a power play 7:45 into the game with a tap-in off the rebound of Pavel Kubina's shot.

That was the first of four goals scored in a span of 5:11.

Malkin briefly tied it two minutes later by swooping in from the left side and cutting across Toskala for his 15th goal and NHL-best 54th point.

Williams gave Toronto the lead for good 74 seconds later, and defenseman Frogren scored 1:53 after that to make it 3-1.

"I thought overall this was easily our best game of the season," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "We dominated in all areas of the game."

Williams has four goals in five games since being recalled from the AHL on Dec. 7. Frogren played his first game since Nov. 22, after sitting out with an elbow injury.

Hagman hadn't played in four games after sustaining a concussion Dec. 6 against Washington, but he scored his ninth goal with 11:29 to play in the second after a giveaway by Malkin.

Malkin skated directly in front of his net and attempted a pass to Rob Scuderi that was picked off by Hagman, who beat Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 4-1.

"We played a good first period, and we kept it going," Hagman said.

When Kubina scored while on the power play with 3:40 left in the second, the rout appeared on. Sykora got the Penguins closer with his 11th and 12th goals of the season in the third period, but they bookended goals by Ponikarovsky and Antropov against Penguins backup goalie Dany Sabourin.

In his second game after missing more than a month with a groin injury, starter Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after allowing five goals on 33 shots in two periods.

Therrien was agitated after the game, and when asked about the leadership on the team, he replied simply, "It's Sidney's team" -- a reference to captain Sidney Crosby.

"There's nothing good to say. Nothing good came out of that," Crosby said. "Hopefully this makes us realize we can't get away with not working hard."

Notes

  • The Maple Leafs hadn't scored seven in a game since an 8-2 win against Boston on March 6. The last time Pittsburgh allowed as many as seven was an 8-2 loss at Philadelphia Dec. 11, 2007.
  • The Penguins had won four of five home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Toronto outshot Pittsburgh 40-23, including 33-13 during the first two periods.
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It looks too easy for Dominic Moore, and it is, as he has a simple formality to shove the puck in the net. (AP)
It looks too easy for Dominic Moore, and it is, as he has a simple formality to shove the puck in the net. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Toronto  (13-13-6) «3227
Pittsburgh (17-11-4)1023
Three Stars
T. Kaberle
TOR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
P. Kubina
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Antropov
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:45Power Play - Dominic Moore (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kubina, Kaberle
09:49Evgeni Malkin (15), Backhand Shot. Assist: Eaton, Satan
11:03Jeremy Williams (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Blake, Kaberle
12:56Jonas Frogren (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Antropov, Stajan
2ND PERIOD
08:31Niklas Hagman (9), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
16:20Power Play - Pavel Kubina (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Antropov, Kaberle
3RD PERIOD
58.0Power Play - Petr Sykora (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Malkin, Letang
05:23Alexei Ponikarovsky (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Stajan
08:18Power Play - Nik Antropov (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Ponikarovsky, Sifers
17:01Petr Sykora (12), Tip-In. Assist: Goligoski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:56Stone, 2 min, Roughing
08:19Ponikarovsky, 2 min, High-Sticking
08:47Staal, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
03:44Malkin, 2 min, Hooking
14:39Godard, 2 min, Roughing
19:40Sifers, 2 min, Roughing
19:40Sifers, 2 min, Roughing
19:40Cooke, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
02:15Frogren, 2 min, Tripping
03:21Sykora, 2 min, Tripping
06:19Crosby, 2 min, Cross-Checking
09:50Godard, 10 min, Misconduct
09:50Godard, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:38Deveaux, 5 min, Fighting
17:38Fedotenko, 5 min, Fighting
18:08Antropov, 4 min, High-Sticking
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 123T
Toronto1617740
Pittsburgh671023
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Vesa Toskala59:35203
Marc-Andre Fleury40:00285
Dany Sabourin19:5752
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Toronto3-for-7
Pittsburgh1-for-4
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Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Don Henderson
 
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