Pittsburgh at Toronto

Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 3


TORONTO -- Matts Sundin finished off the season playing like one of the NHL's top centers.

The 35-year-old capped his best offensive season since 2002 with two goals and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Sundin finished with 78 points (31 goals and 47 assists) in 70 games, his best since he got 80 points in 82 games in 2001-02. Not bad for a guy who missed a dozen games at the start of the season after fracturing the orbital bone over his left eye.

"He's a wonderful athlete," Toronto head coach Pat Quinn said. "I know people had questions about him early on but he came off a year (lockout) when he didn't do much. For most athletes, it takes a while."

Sundin ended the year with 25 points (14-11) in his last 13 games.

"He was terrific down the stretch for us," Quinn said. "And not just points-wise, but sound defensively as well. To me he's got lots of hockey left in him."

Darcy Tucker added his 28th goal, a career high, while AHL call-ups John Pohl and Jeremy Williams also scored for the Maple Leafs, who finished the season ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 90 points.

Williams scored his first NHL goal in his first game.

"I was skating by the bench and everybody yelled 'shoot' so that's what I did," Williams said. "What a nerve-racking day. I woke up three times during my pregame nap.

"But at least my first NHL goal was a nice one, it didn't go off someone's shin pad."

Sidney Crosby scored his 39th goal and added an assist to give him 102 points in a sensational rookie season while Ryan Malone and Colby Armstrong also scored for the Penguins, who finished last in the East.

"One hundred points would be one (of the highlights)," Crosby said of his rookie year. "After the Olympic break it was a lot of fun playing with this group. We weren't winning as much, but I can't see other teams in the same situation reacting the way we did."

Crosby broke Mario Lemieux's team record for points by a rookie. Lemieux had 100 points in 1984-85.

"It's an accomplishment, for sure," Crosby said. "Just to be mentioned (with Lemieux) is an honor."

Sundin's slapshot from the sideboards was deflected by Pohl at 8:19 of the first period to open the scoring. Alex Steen then fed Sundin with a nice cross-ice pass to make it 2-0 at 15:20. Sundin's tap-in gave Toronto a 3-0 lead 3:46 into the second period, Tucker put in his own rebound at 7:16 on a power play and it was 4-0, before Williams came screaming down the ice on a 2-on-1 and ripped a slapshot past a shaky Sebastien Caron at 8:13.

That was it for Caron, who was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury. That seemed to spark the Penguins, who rallied. First Crosby one-timed a shot at the side of the net to make it 5-1 just 27 seconds after Williams' goal.

Crosby then set up Armstrong on a power play 2:16 into the third period, and Malone put in a rebound in front on another man advantage less than a minute later and it was 5-3.


Nik Antropov underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and was out of the lineup. Jeff O'Neill (shoulder) was also out for Toronto while defenseman Sergei Gonchar was also scratched for Pittsburgh ... The Leafs signed University of Minnesota defenseman Chris Harrington earlier Tuesday. The 23-year-old native of St. Cloud, Minn., had three goals and 33 assists in 40 games for the Gophers this season.

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Pittsburgh (22-46-14)0123
Toronto  (41-33-8) «2305
Three Stars
M. Sundin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
J. Williams

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
S. Crosby

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
08:19John Pohl (3), Tip-In - Assists: Mats Sundin and Alexei Ponikarovsky
15:20Mats Sundin (30), Snap Shot - Assists: Alexander Steen and Aki Berg
03:46Mats Sundin (31), Backhand Shot - Assists: John Pohl and Alexei Ponikarovsky
07:16Power Play - Darcy Tucker (28), Wrist Shot - Assists: Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin
08:13Jeremy Williams, Slap Shot - Assist: Luke Richardson
08:40Sidney Crosby (39), Backhand Shot - Assists: Colby Armstrong and Andy Hilbert
02:16Power Play - Colby Armstrong (16), Slap Shot - Assists: Sidney Crosby and Andy Hilbert
03:04Ryan Malone (22), Snap Shot - Assists: Ryan Whitney and Eric Boguniecki
Penalty Summary
05:46McCabe: Hooking - 2 min.
10:00Armstrong: Hooking - 2 min.
13:48Pohl: Interference - 2 min.
14:46Hilbert: Hooking - 2 min.
17:54Wilm: Holding - 2 min.
00:12Ponikarovsky: Hooking - 2 min.
00:20Armstrong: Hooking - 2 min.
05:15Stajan: Roughing - 2 min.
05:15Crosby: Roughing - 2 min.
06:03Orpik: Holding - 2 min.
08:40Hilbert: Roughing - 2 min.
08:40Belak: Fighting - 5 min.
08:40Belak: Instigator - 2 min.
08:40Belak: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
14:45Cairns: High sticking - 2 min.
01:57White: Tripping - 2 min.
04:13Sundin: Hooking - 2 min.
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Toronto9158 32
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