It was a slow and unproductive start to the game through the first half until the Maple Leafs scored the first goal halfway through the second period. The Penguins chose to step it up in the third to be able to score a goal to tie the game.
Once again the Penguins’ determination played a role in their win. They did not give up even when the bounces weren’t going their way, which was for the majority of the game very similar to what it was this past Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. The two biggest factors in this game came in the third period: Marc-Andre Fleury‘s save on a breakaway attempt by Leo Komarov as well as the Penguins penalty kill.
Although Fleury’s breakaway save was a key to the game, he gave a very consistent performance throughout the entire game, which contributed greatly to Pittsburgh’s win. The Penguins penalty kill has been questionable this season; however, it’s been coming together in the past few games as of late and was another big reason the Penguins rallied for the win. They were perfect in killing all three penalties in the game as Fleury also stopped all four shots on goal made by Toronto on each of their power play opportunities.
The Penguins play again this coming Saturday afternoon when they face the New York Rangers. They will be looking to make it eight consecutive wins when the puck drops at 1:00 pm (est) at the CONSOL Energy Center.