Dupuis scores 2 in third, rallies Pens over Leafs
Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis celebrates a goal as Toronto’s Phil Kessel looks on during the third period Thursday.
TORONTO – Pascal Dupuis scored two of Pittsburgh’s three goals in the third period, and the Penguins stormed back to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Thursday night and win their seventh game in a row.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Pittsburgh (20-8), which defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto five days earlier. Craig Adams sealed this win by scoring into an empty net with 10 seconds left.
Tyler Bozak had the lone goal for Toronto (15-12-1), which has dropped four in a row. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves.
Tied 1-1 in the third, Chris Kunitz fed Dupuis in the slot for a shot that beat Scrivens and found the top corner with 2:10 left in regulation.
Pittsburgh trailed 1-0 after two periods but tied it when Kunitz won a puck battle in the Toronto zone and found Sidney Crosby. The Penguins captain then fired a backhanded, no-look pass to Dupuis, who beat a helpless Scrivens at 12:42.
Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov had a breakaway with just over three minutes to go, after the stick of Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik shattered, but Fleury made the save to keep the game tied.
Scrivens started ahead of James Reimer for Toronto, which had given up 18 goals over its previous four games (1-2-1).
Bozak opened the scoring at 10:01 of the second period. Phil Kessel brought the puck into the Penguins zone and delayed for a second before finding a pinching Cody Franson, who fed a pass to the wide-open Bozak at the side of the net for his seventh goal.
A sleepy first period featuring just 15 shots was in stark contrast to Saturday night’s shootout between the teams.
Notes: Maple Leafs D John-Michael Liles returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous 12 games. … Toronto traded minor league forward Nicholas Deschamps to the Washington Capitals for minor league defenseman Kevin Marshall. … Crosby, who leads the NHL in points, has 19 goals and 19 assists in 25 career games against Toronto.