Maple Leafs Vs. Penguins: Sidney Crosby Scores Twice, Pens Win

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NHL Scores, Maple Leafs Vs. Penguins: Sidney Crosby Scores Two More; Pens May Win Forever

The Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 today, meaning that come tomorrow they will not have lost in regulation for a full month. They’re now on the second-longest winning streak in franchise history, the longest since 1993, when the Pens set an NHL record by winning 17 games in a row.

Sidney Crosby’s two-goal game ran his points streak to 17 consecutive games. It was also Crosby’s fourth multi-goal game in his last six. His first goal Wednesday night came on a rebound of a shot by Chris Kunitz. The second came on a one-timer from Kunitz. (With three assists, Kunitz picked up the first star of the game.)

The Pens also picked up goals from Pascal Dupuis (who scored shorthanded on a complete breakdown by the Maple Leafs) and Mark Letestu, who scored twice. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury continued to roll, picking up 23 saves. Both Maple Leafs goals came in a penalty-filled third period; one was on a power play.

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Penguins Vs. Maple Leafs: Evgeni Malkin Unavailable

Evgeni Malkin's knee injury will keep him out of Wednesday night's game against the Maple Leafs at 7:00 at Consol Energy Center, the Post-Gazette reports. Otherwise, though, a game between the Penguins, winners of their last ten, and the last-place Maple Leafs looks like a favorable one for the Pens. Sidney Crosby now has at least one point in 16 straight games, Marc-Andre Fleury is playing at the top of his game, and the Pens look very difficult to stop.

The Maple Leafs aren't especially good in any phase - they're 27th in the NHL in goals per game, and 20th in goals allowed per game. Their penalty kill percentage, at 75 percent, is especially woeful, so hopefully the Penguins' power play - not the strongest aspect of their own game so far this season - can get things going. The Maple Leafs have won their last two games, both shootouts, against the Capitals and Bruins, but were losers of four straight before that.

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