Leafs send Penguins to third straight defeat

Updated: October 27, 2013

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Nazem Kadri potted the game winner just 1:26
into the final period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs down the Pittsburgh
Penguins, 4-1, on Saturday.

Dave Bolland added two goals, Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and
James Reimer turned away 37 shots for the Maple Leafs, who had dropped three
of four coming into the game.

“I felt good. There wasn’t too much rust. I felt comfortable and the guys
played a great game,” Reimer said.

Kris Letang tallied the lone goal for the Penguins, losers in three straight.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, but allowed three goals in the setback.

“We worked really hard for two periods. We wanted to get the go-ahead goal by
trying offensively, trying to get a break. We got off the page,” said Letang.

Letang’s power-play marker 6:52 into the game gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead,
but Toronto would score four unanswered to cruise to victory. Evgeni Malkin
found Letang crashing to the net and he pounded it home.

Bolland fired a slap shot from just above the right circle on a breakaway to
tie the game.

Later in the first, Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi left with a lower-body
injury. Scuderi suffered the injury after a collision with Toronto forward
David Clarkson. It appeared the Scuderi’s left knee got sandwiched between the
boards and Clarkson. He was helped off the ice and did not return to the

Kadri stuffed home a backhander to put the Leafs ahead 2-1 1:26 into the final
frame. On a 3-on-2 rush, Kessel sent a cross-ice pass to Kadri along the left
side. Kadri took the puck back to the middle, got Fleury to bite on a fake,
then deposited it into the back of the net.

Kessel’s marker came with just under three minutes remaining after beating
Fleury with a wrister.

Bolland scored from center-ice on an empty net with 42 seconds left to account
for the final difference.

Game Notes

Reimer made his first appearance since leaving Oct. 17 just 32 seconds into
the game after colliding with teammate Josh Levio … Toronto forward Joffery
Lupul missed the game with a bruised foot … The Leafs are 5-2-0 at home
this season … James van Riemsdyk recorded his fifth assist of the
seasonPittsburgh dropped three straight regular season tilts for the first
time since losing six straight Dec. 29 2011-Jan. 11, 2012.