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Penguins at home on the road

Down Leafs for league-leading 11th travel win

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TORONTO -- Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the NHL's road warriors.

Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals to give Pittsburgh an exciting 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night for their league-leading 11th road victory.

Penguins 5 Leafs 4 (SO)

Neal opened the shootout by beating James Reimer before Crosby sealed the victory by scoring on Pittsburgh's second attempt after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Toronto's Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri. The Leafs' Phil Kessel forced overtime with his seventh of the season at 15:40 of the third, thrilling the Air Canada Centre gathering of 19,418.

"I thought we played a really good game," Crosby said. "I thought we did some really good things.

"It's a fun building, a fun atmosphere. We didn't want to let them get back into the game... but they pushed hard and kept coming."

Crosby also scored in regulation for Pittsburgh (17-8-0) in his first appearance at the ACC in over three years. The Penguins' captain extended his points streak to a season-high seven games (five goals, 10 assists).

Neal, Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis had the other goals for Pittsburgh, which led 3-1 after the first period and outshot Toronto 41-26. Special-teams figured prominently in the game as the Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play while the Leafs finished 2-for-3.

"It was certainly a big factor in the game," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We get two power-play goals on us rather quickly in this game...It's definitely a big part of where we're at right now."

James van Riemsdyk, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto (15-10-1) while captain Dion Phaneuf added three assists.

"We had a little bit of a slow start, we kind of got caught standing around and watching them a little too much," Phaneuf said. "We recognized that during the intermission and went after them.

"It was huge to come back and get that point but we definitely would've liked to have two."

The loss was Reimer's first in seven starts and while he stopped 37 shots, he fought the puck early.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 10, 2013 B2

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