Pittsburgh Penguins end Toronto Maple Leafs winning streak
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By Neil Becker
The Toronto Maple Leafs were looking for some Saturday night payback against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Riding the momentum of a five- game winning streak and having won 9 of 10, the Leafs came into their home game against the Penguins looking to avenge what was earlier this year a 7-1 loss.
This time around proved to be the same story for the Leafs as Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry starred down 26 shots as they earned a 2-0 shut-out win at Scotiabank Arena.
Pittsburgh, who on Thursday were coming off a 6-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens, struck early against Toronto as forward Jake Guentzel scored what was his seventh goal which came on a backhander 5:46 into the first period.
Not long afterwards, that lead doubled as Penguins veteran forward Jeff Carter with 2:45 remaining in that opening period netted his 4th goal and 403rd of his career. Getting the second assist was former Leaf forward Kasperi Kapanen who was playing his first game in Toronto since being traded.
Meanwhile, despite getting the loss, Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell couldn’t be faulted as he made 29 saves and continuously bailed out his teammates after some defensive lapses.
Leading the way in shots was Leafs forward Austin Matthews who generated 5 shots but came up empty against Jarry who posted his second straight shutout.
Overall, the Leafs committed 17 turnovers while blocking 10 shots. They also threw 29 hits and had 4 power plays including a 5 on 3.
Leafs had power play chances but the closest they came was when forward William Nylander in the second period cranked one off the cross bar.
Sunday will prove to be a real test for the Leafs who will be taking their 3-3 road record into UBS arena in New York where they will be taking on the New York Islanders.
The Islanders, who on Saturday, debut the arena in a 5-2 loss against the Calgary Flames, will surely be ready for Sunday’s puck drop which comes at 7:30 p.m.
SUMMARY. Saturday, November 20, 2021.
Penguins Jake Guentzel (7th) Bryan Rust (7), Brian Dumoulin (2)
Penguins Jeff Carter (4th) Jason Zucker (5th), Kasperi Kapanen (7)
Penalty Summary 1st period
18:52 Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly 2 min Hooking
Penalty Summary 2nd Period
10:56 Penguins Brian Dumoulin 2 min Interference
Penalty Summary 3rd period
8:21 Penguins Jeff Carter 2 min Hooking
14:47 Penguins Jason Zucker 2 min Tripping
14:58 Penguins Zach Aston-Reese 2 min Tripping