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Crosby tallies pair of goals, Penguins drop Leafs in shootout

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PITTSBURGH -- Goalies truly dread seeing this sight: Sidney Crosby skating down the slot, the puck on his stick during a shootout.

It's about as close to an automatic goal as there is in the NHL.

Crosby netted two goals to take over the league lead, then he and teammate Pascal Dupuis scored in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Sunday.

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The Penguins trailed 4-3 until Matt Cooke deflected defenseman Brooks Orpik's slap shot from the right point with 3:48 remaining in regulation. Orpik also assisted on Crosby's 46th and 47th goals for his first career three-point game.

After Phil Kessel was turned aside by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout, Crosby converted for the eighth time in 10 attempts by putting a wrist shot under the crossbar. Fleury stopped Nikolai Kulemin's backhander before Dupuis -- on his first shootout attempt all season -- also beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a wrist shot.

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SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1z-Pittsburgh487233
2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
Eliminated
9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
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Crosby's 80 percent success rate is the best this season among players with 10 or more shootout attempts.

"I've just tried to mix things up," Crosby said. "Nowadays, everyone sees all the shootout goals and it's hard to mix it up, but you try to do the best you can to keep goaltenders guessing."

He did that with Giguere.

"He's pretty good in the shootout," Giguere said. "I asked at the bench, 'What does he do?' And I got eight different answers. So I didn't know, I guess he's that good of a player you don't know what he's going to try."

Tyler Kennedy also scored as the Penguins moved ahead of New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead and the likely No. 2 seeding in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Pittsburgh won its second in two days after dropping three in a row and six of eight. Following a shootout loss Wednesday in Washington, Orpik warned the Stanley Cup champions would exit in the first round of the playoffs if they didn't find a way to play better.

"I thought it was something that needed to be said. It seemed like we were content coming and working hard and saying we deserved better," Orpik said. "We've gotten used to winning and expectations are pretty high here, so there's no real moral victories with this group anymore."

Toronto, last in the conference but the winner of nine of its previous 12, went ahead 4-3 when Tyler Bozak scored on a power play created by Fleury's interference penalty 5:38 into the third.

Crosby scored twice in a span of 3:14 in the second period after going seven consecutive games without a goal for the second time this season.

"The chances were there. It's nice to see it go in, especially after a stint like that," Crosby said.

Crosby, who leads Washington's Alex Ovechkin 47-46 in the goal-scoring race, tied it at 2 by scoring off a rebound of Orpik's slap shot at 7:29 of the second. Crosby gave Pittsburgh the lead at 10:43 after winning a faceoff in the Maple Leafs zone. The puck deflected off the side boards to Orpik, who fed it to back to Crosby for a wrist shot from the lower right circle.

Crosby scored for the first time in the 12 games Evgeni Malkin has missed due to injury. Malkin (bruised right foot) sat out for the sixth time in seven games.

Giguere made 41 saves while starting instead of Jonas Gustavsson, who won his seventh in a row Saturday as the Maple Leafs rallied to beat the New York Rangers 3-2.

"Jean-Sebastien made a number of great saves and is probably the reason we got a point," coach Ron Wilson said.

Colton Orr, Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for Toronto. Kessel scored his 30th on a seemingly harmless wrist shot from the high slot nearly five minutes into the second. Fleury gave up a similarly soft goal to Philadelphia's Arron Asham on Saturday, the only score he gave up during Pittsburgh's 4-1 victory.

Notes

  • Pittsburgh is 8-2 in shootouts. Toronto is 4-4.
  • Penguins D Sergei Gonchar (illness) missed his third in a row.
  • Crosby also didn't score in seven games between Oct. 30 and Nov. 12.
  • Pittsburgh won three of four in the season series.
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Sidney Crosby (left) gets back to his scoring ways after seven consecutive games without a goal.  (AP)
Sidney Crosby (left) gets back to his scoring ways after seven consecutive games without a goal. (AP)

Scoreboard
Toronto (28-35-13)12100 (0)4
Pittsburgh  (44-25-7) «12101 (2)5
Three Stars
S. Crosby
PIT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Orpik
PIT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
T. Bozak
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:23Colton Orr (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Primeau, Wallin
09:49Tyler Kennedy (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Adams, Rupp
2ND PERIOD
04:54Phil Kessel (30), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kulemin, Bozak
07:29Sidney Crosby (46), Wrist Shot. Assist: Orpik, Ponikarovsky
10:43Sidney Crosby (47), Wrist Shot. Assist: Orpik
14:35Carl Gunnarsson (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sjostrom, Wallin
3RD PERIOD
05:38Power Play - Tyler Bozak (8), Tip-In. Assist: Phaneuf, Kessel
17:12Matt Cooke (15), Tip-In. Assist: Leopold, Orpik
OT
None
2OT
 Sidney Crosby (8), GOAL
 Pascal Dupuis (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:27Fedotenko, 2 min, Hooking
13:45Eaton, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
11:12Letang, 2 min, Slashing
15:23Hanson, 2 min, Delay of Game
19:53Kennedy, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
3RD PERIOD
03:43Fleury, 2 min, Interference
06:18Sjostrom, 2 min, Hooking
OT
03:23Beauchemin, 2 min, Interference
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Toronto910827
Pittsburgh10161339
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 64:5641432
Marc-Andre Fleury 64:4925420
Game Information
Attendance - 17104
Referees - Stephen Walkom, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Brad Kovachik
 
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