Van Riemsdyk, Leafs spoil Penguins’ homecoming

Updated: January 23, 2013

James van Riemsdyk netted two goals and one
assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, and spoil the Pens’
home opener at CONSOL Energy Center.

Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also tallied for the Maple
Leafs, who were coming off a 2-1 home loss to Buffalo on Monday.

Nikolai Kulemin added three assists to back a 28-save performance from James

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored once each for the Penguins, who opened
the year with two road wins over Atlantic Division foes. Marc-Andre Fleury was
charged with all five goals on 24 shots.

Grabovski’s slapper from the right circle pushed Toronto’s edge to 4-2 at the
5:18 mark of the third period.

Any hope of a Pittsburgh comeback was muted when Crosby was hit with an
unsportsmanlike conduct call on top of a bench minor inside of two minutes
remaining. Bozak capped the scoring with a two-man advantage score in the slot
with 61 seconds to play.

Pittsburgh converted its second power-play chance of the first period when
Malkin beat Reimer through the pads on a one-timer from the goal line on the
right side with 1:09 left.

MacArthur tipped in a centering feed from Nazem Kadri to tie the game at 3:09
of the second period, then van Riemsdyk put Toronto ahead with a weak tap-in
of a Kulemin pass less than seven minutes in.

Crosby was sprung on a breakaway by Pascal Dupuis and he beat Reimer through
the legs to tie the game at 7:17.

Toronto had a two-man edge for 50 seconds at the midway point but failed
to convert either portion of the power play. Nonetheless, van Riemsdyk picked
off a Malkin pass and snapped home his second of the game for a 3-2 Leafs lead
at 14:34.

Game Notes

Van Riemsdyk recorded his first multi-goal effort since a 5-4 win over Chicago
on Jan. 5, 2012 when he played for the Flyers … Wednesday’s three-point
performance was his most since recording three points in a 9-2 Philadelphia
win over Columbus on Nov. 5, 2011 … Pittsburgh has lost two of three home
openers since moving from Mellon Arena in 2010 … The three-goal difference
snapped a streak of six straight games between the teams that were decided by
one goal … Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul left the game in the second period
after taking a slash on the right wrist from Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik and
did not return.