Muzzin helps Maple Leafs blank Penguins 4-0

TORONTO (AP) After two listless performances, Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe wanted to see his team step up.

It was only one game, but the Maple Leafs delivered.

Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists, Frederik Andersen made 24 saves and Toronto beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Thursday night.

The Maple Leafs bounced back nicely after dropping three of four, including 5-2 road losses against Buffalo on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Tuesday. It was Andersen's second shutout of the season and No. 18 for his career.

''You just don't like to get embarrassed,'' Keefe said. ''Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization.

''We like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result.''

William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto (32-22-8), which moved back into third place in the Atlantic Division. John Tavares added two assists.

Matt Murray made 26 stops for Pittsburgh (37-16-6), which suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.

''They're a really good team in the offensive zone,'' Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. ''Unfortunately we didn't play enough in their zone and wear them down.''

Toronto went ahead to stay when Muzzin's point shot pinged in off the post 7:45 into the second period. Newly acquired Denis Malgin helped out by providing some traffic in front of Murray.

The defenseman celebrated his fifth goal by high-fiving jubilant backup goalie Jack Campbell on the bench before being congratulated by the rest of his teammates.

Toronto got a 5-on-3 power play for 1:53 midway through the second - deploying five forwards for the second straight game - and cracked the Penguins' penalty kill when Nylander beat Murray through the pads for his 27th.

Kapanen then made it 3-0 with his 12th at 13:04 when he was sprung by Alexander Kerfoot and fired past Murray's blocker.

The Leafs spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning answering questions about their work ethic and level of urgency in a season that could be slipping away, but showed plenty of pushback Thursday night - and not only between the whistles.

Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist took a couple of runs at rookie defenseman Rasmus Sandin late in the second. Kapanen intervened and got a cross-check up high for his troubles before dropping the gloves with Pittsburgh's Jared McCann.

''Stuff happens,'' Kapanen. ''If it wasn't me out there, I'm sure someone else would have stood up.''

Crosby and Tavares jawed at each other after a scrum that saw Hornqvist land on Andersen, and the two continued the conversation as the teams headed off for the second intermission.

Hyman made it 4-0 3:56 into the third when he collected his own rebound off a deflection and slid home his 19th.

''We learned a lot from that previous game in Pittsburgh. When we play like this we can compete with anyone,'' Andersen said.

NOTES: Malgin, who came over in a trade with Florida on Wednesday, skated on a line with Tavares and Nylander.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Maple Leafs: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

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PIT37-16-6
0000
TOR32-22-8
0314
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Agozzino C00002/1008:060
T. Blueger C00011/5016:270
S. Crosby C00-139/12020:050
P. Hornqvist RW00-330/0016:010
J. Johnson D00-120/0023:003
D. Kahun LW00-210/1014:190
S. Lafferty RW00002/2011:332
K. Letang D00-210/0025:171
E. Malkin C00-254/11016:521
J. McCann LW00-120/0510:580
M. Pettersson D00-110/0220:212
J. Riikola D00-100/0014:321
C. Ruhwedel D00000/0214:231
B. Rust RW00030/0017:235
J. Schultz D00-110/0020:091
D. Simon RW00000/1012:461
B. Tanev RW00012/0215:093
J. Zucker LW00000/0017:581
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
T. Barrie D00010/0020:031
K. Clifford LW00010/0010:052
T. Dermott D00020/0017:322
P. Engvall LW00100/0012:061
F. Gauthier C00003/4011:543
J. Holl D01310/0021:041
Z. Hyman LW10131/0018:091
K. Kapanen RW10120/0513:151
A. Kerfoot LW01113/2014:101
D. Malgin C00100/0215:201
M. Marincin D00010/0017:400
M. Marner RW01120/0019:550
A. Matthews C01139/6020:150
J. Muzzin D12320/0023:021
W. Nylander RW10131/1018:080
R. Sandin D00000/0016:102
J. Spezza RW00011/0010:180
J. Tavares C021715/7018:551
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (L)304260.86760:00
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (L)30
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
F. Andersen (W)240241.00059:59
GOALIESSA
F. Andersen (W)24
John Tavares shot on goal (Wrist shot)
PIT:GoalsShots
TOR:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TOR
      03:56GOAL Zach Hyman (Wrist shot), Assists: Mitchell Marner and Jake Muzzin
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TOR
      13:04GOAL Kasperi Kapanen (Wrist shot), Assists: Alexander Kerfoot and Jake Muzzin
    • TOR
      10:01(PP) GOAL William Nylander (Wrist shot), Assists: Auston Matthews and John Tavares
    • TOR
      07:45GOAL Jake Muzzin (Slap shot), Assists: Justin Holl and John Tavares
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • PIT
        10:56Chad Ruhwedel penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • TOR
        16:05Kasperi Kapanen penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • PIT
        16:05Jared McCann penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • PIT
        09:27Brandon Tanev penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • PIT
        09:20Marcus Pettersson penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • TOR
        17:26Denis Malgin penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    PIT
    TOR
    Shots on Goal2430
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins2033
    Penalties42
    Major Penalties11
    Minor Penalties31
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    PIT
    Shots on Goal24
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins20
    Penalties4
    Major Penalties1
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
    123T
    PIT37-16-6
    0000
    TOR32-22-8
    0314
    STARS OF THE GAME
    0.0 %SHOT %13.3 %
    0.867 %SAVE %1.000 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    A. Agozzino C00002/1008:060
    T. Blueger C00011/5016:270
    S. Crosby C00-139/12020:050
    P. Hornqvist RW00-330/0016:010
    J. Johnson D00-120/0023:003
    D. Kahun LW00-210/1014:190
    S. Lafferty RW00002/2011:332
    K. Letang D00-210/0025:171
    E. Malkin C00-254/11016:521
    J. McCann LW00-120/0510:580
    M. Pettersson D00-110/0220:212
    J. Riikola D00-100/0014:321
    C. Ruhwedel D00000/0214:231
    B. Rust RW00030/0017:235
    J. Schultz D00-110/0020:091
    D. Simon RW00000/1012:461
    B. Tanev RW00012/0215:093
    J. Zucker LW00000/0017:581
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    T. Barrie D00010/0020:031
    K. Clifford LW00010/0010:052
    T. Dermott D00020/0017:322
    P. Engvall LW00100/0012:061
    F. Gauthier C00003/4011:543
    J. Holl D01310/0021:041
    Z. Hyman LW10131/0018:091
    K. Kapanen RW10120/0513:151
    A. Kerfoot LW01113/2014:101
    D. Malgin C00100/0215:201
    M. Marincin D00010/0017:400
    M. Marner RW01120/0019:550
    A. Matthews C01139/6020:150
    J. Muzzin D12320/0023:021
    W. Nylander RW10131/1018:080
    R. Sandin D00000/0016:102
    J. Spezza RW00011/0010:180
    J. Tavares C021715/7018:551
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (L)304260.86760:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (L)30
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (W)240241.00059:59
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (W)24
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    PIT37-16-6
    0000
    TOR32-22-8
    0314
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    A. Agozzino C00002/1008:060
    T. Blueger C00011/5016:270
    S. Crosby C00-139/12020:050
    P. Hornqvist RW00-330/0016:010
    J. Johnson D00-120/0023:003
    D. Kahun LW00-210/1014:190
    S. Lafferty RW00002/2011:332
    K. Letang D00-210/0025:171
    E. Malkin C00-254/11016:521
    J. McCann LW00-120/0510:580
    M. Pettersson D00-110/0220:212
    J. Riikola D00-100/0014:321
    C. Ruhwedel D00000/0214:231
    B. Rust RW00030/0017:235
    J. Schultz D00-110/0020:091
    D. Simon RW00000/1012:461
    B. Tanev RW00012/0215:093
    J. Zucker LW00000/0017:581
    Total0002420/3311-22
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    T. Barrie D00010/0020:031
    K. Clifford LW00010/0010:052
    T. Dermott D00020/0017:322
    P. Engvall LW00100/0012:061
    F. Gauthier C00003/4011:543
    J. Holl D01310/0021:041
    Z. Hyman LW10131/0018:091
    K. Kapanen RW10120/0513:151
    A. Kerfoot LW01113/2014:101
    D. Malgin C00100/0215:201
    M. Marincin D00010/0017:400
    M. Marner RW01120/0019:550
    A. Matthews C01139/6020:150
    J. Muzzin D12320/0023:021
    W. Nylander RW10131/1018:080
    R. Sandin D00000/0016:102
    J. Spezza RW00011/0010:180
    J. Tavares C021715/7018:551
    Total4803033/207-18
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (L)304260.86760:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (L)30
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (W)240241.00059:59
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (W)24
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      PIT37-16-6
      0000
      TOR32-22-8
      0314
      TEAM STATS
      3.64
      GF AVG
      2.91
      GA AVG
      .70
      Power Play
      3.93
      GF AVG
      3.70
      GA AVG
      .74
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.