Leafs scorers: Komarov (4), Bozak 2 (9)
Penguins scorers: Malkin (11), Comeau 3 (8)
Goalies: Fleury (Win), 62:53 minutes played, 24 saves, 3GA, Bernier (Loss), 62:53 played, 22 saves, 4GA
The Leafs were in Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening to take on the Penguins and were hoping to extend their two game winning streak after important wins at home against the Lightning and the Red Wings. The Leafs were sporting a green four-leaf clover patch with Pat Quinn’s initials to honour their former coach who passed away on Monday.
It was evident that the Leafs are still struggling within the opening minutes of the first period and it took Blake Comeau less than 30 seconds to put the Penguins up 1-0. Their lead grew at just passed the midway point of the period when Evgeni Malkin scored on the man-advantage.
As the second period got underway, the Leafs were anxious to get on the board before the Penguins could add to their lead. They had a far better start to the second than in the first, and Leo Komarov got the Leafs on the board within the first half of the period. Komarov then tied the game at 2 just three minutes later. But Pittsburgh would soon prove that Komarov wasn’t the only player who could have a multi-goal night, and Blake Comeau put his team ahead again less than five minutes later. The Leafs didn’t seem to be discouraged by the back-and-forth play and Tyler Bozak scored to make it 3-3 just minutes after. It was Bozak’s second consecutive short-handed goal as he also scored short-handed against the Red Wings on Saturday.
It was a relatively even-paced game as the third got underway and the Leafs found themselves in penalty trouble, making it difficult to find a way to get their first lead of the game. As extra time loomed, there was a mad scramble in front of Bernier, which almost lead to the game-winning goal for the Penguins. But over time was needed to decide a winner and Blake Comeau scored before the game could get to penalty shots, completing the hat trick.
The Leafs had some of their fathers in attendance with in Pittsburgh for their annual Father-Son road trip and will return home to face the Washington Capitals on Saturday evening.