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Maple Leafs vs. Penguins – NHL Game Recap – November 15, 2022

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Pittsburgh – – Matt Murray helped the Pittsburgh Penguins He lifted the Stanley Cup in 2016 and again in 2017 as a young goaltender whose consistency under pressure belied his age.

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The echoes of the victory parades are long gone. Murray moved on. So are the penguins. For now, Murray is just moving in the right direction while his old team spins its incredibly expensive wheels.

Murray turned 34 shots, including several key stops to fend off Pittsburgh’s surge to help Toronto Maple Leafs Walk away winning 5-2 on Tuesday night.

“I’m feeling great, really having fun,” Murray said after his first game in Pittsburgh since moving to Ottawa in October 2020. “Had a great time tonight, great experience here tonight. Looking forward.”

John Tavares Became the 107th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals with a first-half shot from the top into the hole that beat the screen Casey Desmith To give the Maple Leafs an early lead, they never gave up while winning for the fifth time in seven games.

“(Scoring 400) is so much more important when you do it on a night where we get two points and the group plays well, and everybody contributes,” said the 14-year-old veteran.

Michael Bunting He had two goals and an assist for Toronto. Mitchell Marner He extended his point streak to 10 games with his fourth goal of the season. William Nylander He added a goal with an empty net to close it out.

Sidney Crosby And the Richard Raquel He scored for the Penguins but Pittsburgh couldn’t keep the momentum from a successful three-game drive as they took five of a possible six points to end an early season skid.

DeSmith stopped 28 shots but had little help ahead of him One night Toronto had no problem finding open space, sometimes right in front of the Pittsburgh net due to the Penguins’ lack of attention to detail on their end – a habit they’d mostly kick their space . Road swing – back.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan called the defensive holes “terrible.”

“I think there have been moments in some of these games where for whatever reason we get away from (good defending) and it seems in those moments (the puck) ends up in the back-netting,” Sullivan said.

Two of Toronto’s goals came from inside the blue paint, including Bunting’s second with 50 seconds left in the second period on a play in which he simply camped to Desmith’s right and was in perfect position to shoot the rebound with Penguins defenseman Penguins. Chris Letang She tries in vain to get him out of the way.

Two of Toronto’s other goals came with the Penguins woefully out of position. Tavares briefly found himself unguarded in the slot in the first period and Crosby closed in too late. Ponting’s first goal came on a 2-on-1 that was set up by a Pittsburgh turnover that gave Toronto a 3-0 lead.

A deflection by Raquel and a beautiful backhand by Crosby against an old teammate 1:44 into the run early in the second half led Pittsburgh to within 3-2 but Murray — trying to jump-start his career after two disappointing seasons as the Senators rebuilt — held his ground and the Cards folded. maple away.

Game notes
Tavares is the fifth player to reach 400 goals while wearing a Maple Leafs jersey. Hall of Famer Mats Sundin scored 400 on October 14, 2002, also against the Penguins. … Pittsburgh C.E Teddy blogger He skated at 12:00 in return after missing the first 15 games with an upper body injury.

next one

Maple Leafs: Start a three-game home game Thursday night against New Jersey.

Penguins: Play in Minnesota Thursday.

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