Crosby has goal, 3 assists as Penguins beat Maple Leafs 5-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night.

''I think this is his favorite time of year,'' Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ''He tends to play his best when the stakes get high. He has the ability to change the outcomes of games with his influence and I think tonight was a great example.''

Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker, Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello also scored as Pittsburgh moved past Washington into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry stopped 34 shots while picking up his 13th win in his last 17 games.

''Everyone's contributing and our work ethic and urgency has been there every night,'' Crosby said. ''We give ourselves a chance when we have that.''

Angello, who got his first NHL goal, was a last-minute addition to the lineup in place of Evgeni Malkin - a late scratch against the Maple Leafs because of an illness. Malkin, who leads the Penguins with 58 points, initially skated on Tuesday, and was listed to play in a non-official lineup, but he left pregame warmups early.

Crosby had his 34th career game with at least four points, most among active players. He has seven goals and 16 assists in 13 games since returning from missing 28 games because of core muscle surgery on Jan. 14. He is currently on a five-game point streak with three goals and eight assists in that span.

''I just think it's an indication of where his game's at,'' Sullivan said. ''I think he's getting better with every game he's playing. He's been really good since he's come back from the break in my mind.''

Auston Matthews scored his 43rd goal for the Maple Leafs and Kyle Clifford scored his seventh of the season and first since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. The Maple Leafs lost for the third time in four games, and have just three wins in their last nine.

Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots for Toronto, and has allowed 13 goals in his last three starts.

''Our urgency just doesn't seem to be there consistently,'' Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. ''I don't know what else we need in front of us to motivate us. We're obviously at a crucial point in our season. We've got to determine what we want to do.''

The Penguins scored three power-play goals in a game for the second time this season. Pittsburgh has power-play goals in five straight games and has totaled nine goals with the man advantage in the last eight games.

The Penguins were fifth in the Metropolitan Division on Dec. 4, trailing the Capitals by 13 points. Since then, Pittsburgh has 23 wins in its last 31 games.

The Penguins have won their last three games by a 14-4 margin. Pittsburgh has won four of five and 12 of its last 16 games. The Penguins, who won their NHL-best 22nd game at home, have points in seven straight home games.

Rust opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:41 of the first period for his 23rd. Letang had an assist on the goal, extending a six-game point streak.

Angello extended Pittsburgh's lead to 2-0 at 17:03 of the first period with his first NHL goal. Angello, from the top of the crease, deflected Sam Lafferty's point shot behind Andersen.

''Just keeping it simple, playing to my strength, using my size, shooting pucks,'' Angello said. ''It's a dream come true to play in the NHL and then it's obviously another to score.''

Zucker's power-play goal at 2:52 of the second period staked Pittsburgh to a 3-0 lead. Zucker has three goals in four games since he was acquired on Feb. 10 from Minnesota.

Crosby gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead with his 12th and Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game. Patric Hornqvist found Crosby alone at the far post and the Penguins' captain tucked the puck into a partially empty net.

Pittsburgh scored its fifth goal 11 seconds after killing a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:19. Rust left the penalty box, negated an icing call and forced a turnover by Andersen. Rust took a pass from Crosby behind the net and sent it to the front where Blueger converted.

''We always talk as a coaching staff that Sid plays chess when some of the other guys play checkers,'' Sullivan said. ''He's such a smart player with such great vision and some of the passes he made are an indication of that.''

NOTES: Penguins F Zach Aston-Reese is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. ... Penguins F Dominik Kahun returned after missing eight games with a concussion. ... Toronto placed F Andreas Johnsson on injured reserve following knee surgery. ... Penguins F Jared McCann played in his 300th NHL game. ... Toronto F Zach Hyman's six-game point streak ended.

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On Thursday, Pittsburgh visits Toronto for the second game of a home-and-home series between the two teams.

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123T
TOR31-22-8
0202
PIT37-15-6
2305
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
T. Barrie D00-160/0022:081
K. Clifford LW10020/0011:355
T. Dermott D00120/0015:071
P. Engvall LW00-100/0012:192
F. Gauthier C00-114/4010:373
J. Holl D00100/0020:391
Z. Hyman LW00021/2020:560
K. Kapanen RW00-110/0015:022
A. Kerfoot LW00-110/0214:441
M. Marincin D01010/0013:230
M. Marner RW00-150/0021:340
A. Matthews C101413/6021:433
J. Muzzin D01140/0020:170
W. Nylander RW01110/0017:070
R. Sandin D00-200/0019:181
J. Spezza RW01128/8215:002
J. Tavares C00136/5015:480
D. Timashov LW00110/0210:103
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Agozzino C00100/1005:081
A. Angello RW10110/0205:132
T. Blueger C10111/11017:411
S. Crosby C131314/10019:540
P. Hornqvist RW01010/1014:152
J. Johnson D00-110/0023:524
D. Kahun LW00-112/1014:470
S. Lafferty RW01102/2208:232
K. Letang D01-130/0025:321
J. McCann LW01-106/6018:541
M. Pettersson D01100/0019:581
J. Riikola D00010/0013:401
C. Ruhwedel D00030/0014:191
B. Rust RW12-120/0417:251
J. Schultz D00110/0018:391
D. Simon RW00-100/0019:131
B. Tanev RW00-100/0017:247
J. Zucker LW10060/0017:431
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
F. Andersen (L)245190.79260:00
GOALIESSA
F. Andersen (L)24
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Jarry (W)362340.94460:00
GOALIESSA
T. Jarry (W)36
Kris Letang shot on goal (Snap shot)
TOR:GoalsShots
PIT:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • TOR
        18:01GOAL Kyle Clifford (Tip-in shot), Assists: Jason Spezza and Martin Marincin
      • TOR
        16:35GOAL Auston Matthews (Slap shot), Assists: William Nylander and Jake Muzzin
      • PIT
        12:35GOAL Teddy Blueger (Wrist shot), Assists: Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby
      • PIT
        07:11(PP) GOAL Sidney Crosby (Backhand shot), Assists: Patric Hornqvist and Jared McCann
      • PIT
        02:52(PP) GOAL Jason Zucker (Wrist shot), Assists: Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • PIT
        17:03GOAL Anthony Angello (Tip-in shot), Assists: Sam Lafferty and Marcus Pettersson
      • PIT
        11:41(PP) GOAL Bryan Rust (Wrist shot), Assists: Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
        • PIT
          14:05Bryan Rust penalty Holding - 2 min.
        • PIT
          10:24Bryan Rust penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
        • PIT
          09:43Anthony Angello penalty Tripping - 2 min.
        • TOR
          06:26Jason Spezza penalty Interference - 2 min.
        • TOR
          01:18Alexander Kerfoot penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • 1ST PERIOD
        • TOR
          11:27Dmytro Timashov penalty Slashing - 2 min.
        • PIT
          02:19Sam Lafferty penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      TEAM STATS
      TOR
      PIT
      Shots on Goal3624
      Goals in Power Play03
      Faceoff Wins3225
      Penalties34
      Major Penalties00
      Minor Penalties34
      Misconducts00
      TEAM STATS
      TOR
      Shots on Goal36
      Goals in Power Play0
      Faceoff Wins32
      Penalties3
      Major Penalties0
      Minor Penalties3
      Misconducts0
      123T
      TOR31-22-8
      0202
      PIT37-15-6
      2305
      STARS OF THE GAME
      5.6 %SHOT %20.8 %
      0.792 %SAVE %0.944 %
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      T. Barrie D00-160/0022:081
      K. Clifford LW10020/0011:355
      T. Dermott D00120/0015:071
      P. Engvall LW00-100/0012:192
      F. Gauthier C00-114/4010:373
      J. Holl D00100/0020:391
      Z. Hyman LW00021/2020:560
      K. Kapanen RW00-110/0015:022
      A. Kerfoot LW00-110/0214:441
      M. Marincin D01010/0013:230
      M. Marner RW00-150/0021:340
      A. Matthews C101413/6021:433
      J. Muzzin D01140/0020:170
      W. Nylander RW01110/0017:070
      R. Sandin D00-200/0019:181
      J. Spezza RW01128/8215:002
      J. Tavares C00136/5015:480
      D. Timashov LW00110/0210:103
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      A. Agozzino C00100/1005:081
      A. Angello RW10110/0205:132
      T. Blueger C10111/11017:411
      S. Crosby C131314/10019:540
      P. Hornqvist RW01010/1014:152
      J. Johnson D00-110/0023:524
      D. Kahun LW00-112/1014:470
      S. Lafferty RW01102/2208:232
      K. Letang D01-130/0025:321
      J. McCann LW01-106/6018:541
      M. Pettersson D01100/0019:581
      J. Riikola D00010/0013:401
      C. Ruhwedel D00030/0014:191
      B. Rust RW12-120/0417:251
      J. Schultz D00110/0018:391
      D. Simon RW00-100/0019:131
      B. Tanev RW00-100/0017:247
      J. Zucker LW10060/0017:431
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      F. Andersen (L)245190.79260:00
      GOALIESSA
      F. Andersen (L)24
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      T. Jarry (W)362340.94460:00
      GOALIESSA
      T. Jarry (W)36
      STARS OF THE GAME
      123T
      TOR31-22-8
      0202
      PIT37-15-6
      2305
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      T. Barrie D00-160/0022:081
      K. Clifford LW10020/0011:355
      T. Dermott D00120/0015:071
      P. Engvall LW00-100/0012:192
      F. Gauthier C00-114/4010:373
      J. Holl D00100/0020:391
      Z. Hyman LW00021/2020:560
      K. Kapanen RW00-110/0015:022
      A. Kerfoot LW00-110/0214:441
      M. Marincin D01010/0013:230
      M. Marner RW00-150/0021:340
      A. Matthews C101413/6021:433
      J. Muzzin D01140/0020:170
      W. Nylander RW01110/0017:070
      R. Sandin D00-200/0019:181
      J. Spezza RW01128/8215:002
      J. Tavares C00136/5015:480
      D. Timashov LW00110/0210:103
      Total2403632/256-25
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      A. Agozzino C00100/1005:081
      A. Angello RW10110/0205:132
      T. Blueger C10111/11017:411
      S. Crosby C131314/10019:540
      P. Hornqvist RW01010/1014:152
      J. Johnson D00-110/0023:524
      D. Kahun LW00-112/1014:470
      S. Lafferty RW01102/2208:232
      K. Letang D01-130/0025:321
      J. McCann LW01-106/6018:541
      M. Pettersson D01100/0019:581
      J. Riikola D00010/0013:401
      C. Ruhwedel D00030/0014:191
      B. Rust RW12-120/0417:251
      J. Schultz D00110/0018:391
      D. Simon RW00-100/0019:131
      B. Tanev RW00-100/0017:247
      J. Zucker LW10060/0017:431
      Total51002425/328-28
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      F. Andersen (L)245190.79260:00
      GOALIESSA
      F. Andersen (L)24
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      T. Jarry (W)362340.94460:00
      GOALIESSA
      T. Jarry (W)36
      GOALS
        • 2ND PERIOD
        • 1ST PERIOD
        PENALTIES
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD
          • 3RD PERIOD
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD

          123T
          TOR31-22-8
          0202
          PIT37-15-6
          2305
          TEAM STATS
          3.96
          GF AVG
          3.68
          GA AVG
          .75
          Power Play
          3.62
          GF AVG
          2.92
          GA AVG
          .65
          Power Play
          All times are US/Eastern.