Ian White to the Rescue: Toronto Maple Leafs Upend Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3

December 28th, 2009 by Dino Mori Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak as defenceman Ian White scored with just under 90 seconds to play, lifting them to a 4-3 victory over the hosting Pittsburgh Penguins before 17,142 fans at the Mellon Arena.

The winning goal came as a result of hard work in the corners from forwards Jason Blake and Lee Stempniak and a heads up pass from defenceman Francois Beauchemin. Beauchemin drew two Penguin defenders to him before making a cross-ice pass to White, whose right point blast beat Pittsburgh goaltender Marc Andre Fleury.

Toronto refused to let Michael Rupp's tying goal with less than three minutes remaining deflate them. Rupp evened the game at 17:45 of the third period, tapping home a centering pass from Evgeni Malkin.

Blake, Stempniak, and Luke Schenn also scored for the Maple Leafs. Schenn's goal was his first of the season and opened the scoring for Toronto. Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke replied in a losing effort for Pittsburgh.

It was a tired group of Maple Leafs who handed the Penguins only its third regulation loss since Nov. 27. The Leafs travelled to the Steel City after losing a heartbreaking 3-2 dec ...

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