Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game Report Feb 2, 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Maple Leafs bounced back from loss last night to beat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday Night. 

The Leafs found themselves in a 2-0 hole but battled back for the win, with Zach Hyman breaking a tie late in the second period to seal the deal. Auston Matthews had a goal, Travis Dermott netted a goal and an assist, and Jake Gardiner finished with two assists on the night. Garret Sparks made 28 saves in the win. Jake Muzzin made his debut for Toronto and got the crowd going with a big hit along the boards on Penguins Jake Guentzle.

Sidney Crosby and Teddy Blueger scored for the Penguins, while Matt Murray stopped 30 shots. Forward Evgeni Malkin missed his second straight game with an upper body injury.   

Crosby got his 23rd goal of the year when he shot a one-timer past Sparks at 10:01 of the first to get the Penguins on the board.   

The Penguins added another goal when Blueger fired a shot over the glove of Sparks with just over six left in the period to make it 2-0 Pittsburgh.

 Down 2-1 after one, Toronto tied the game at 9:36 of the second when Gardiner fed Dermott who wired a one-timer through traffic for his fourth of the year.

Hyman scored the go-ahead goal with 3:54 left in the second frame, when Morgan Rielly fired a shot that rebounded to Hyman who kicked the puck to his stick as he fell and somehow netted his ninth of the year. This was Rielly’s 52nd point this year, tying his career high from last season.