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Snapping their 3-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wld, the Maple Leafs travel to Pittsburgh to face off against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. (7:30PMET)

Jeff O'Neill's goal with over 2 minutes left in the game helped give Toronto the win over the struggling Wild.

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Mats Sundin, playing the best Hockey he has in years, scored his 15th of the season and now has 13 Points in his last 8 games for Toronto. Alexander Steen also scored for Toronto, only his 3rd goal of the season. However, the play of Steen is improving as of late, the offencive out put of the sophomore has been somewhat of a disappointment.

John Pohl, playing more up to his potential as of late, scored for Toronto as well, as he now has 6 points in his last 5 games (3G, 3A), being one of the few Leafs over the last few weeks to be having a positive effect on the team.

Paul Maurice said:
"He's playing really well. He's playing with a lot of confidence and he seems to be getting faster. He's fun to watch."
Michael Peca missed his 2nd game for Toronto after injuring his knee last Friday in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Claimed by Mats Sundin to be the best penalty-killer on the team, Peca is expected to miss 3-4 months.

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Andrew Raycroft allowed 3 goals on 18 shots, however the goals against them were arguably the fault of the defence, mainly Foster's screened shot from the point, and Wes Walz being left alone in front of the net after a commonly occurring defencive gaffe by the Hall Gill-Ian White pairing.

Andrew Raycroft said:
"We got down a couple times but battled through it. I had three or four heart attacks. Things didn't completely go my way, but we got the win, and that's the main thing."
Raycroft is 15-12-3 in 29 games played this season, with a 3.09 Goals Against Average an .893 Save Percentage in that span.

Toronto is 17-16-5 after 38 games for 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and are tied for last in the Northeast Division with the Boston Bruins. Both teams have 39 points.

Pittbsurgh has also struggled as of late, losing their last 5 games after winning 4 in a row. The team is now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Their last game was a 4-2 loss to the surprising Atlanta Thrashers.

Penguins sophomore, Sidney Crosby is tied for his team's lead in Goals with Rookie Evgeni Malkin (17), has the team lead in Assists (38), and is leading the league in points with 55 in just 33 games.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, involved in trade rumours earlier in the season, has a 14-11-4 record after 29 games, and a 3.12 Goals Against Average and .897 Save percentage.

Rookie forward Evgeni Malkin, currently leads the NHL's Rookie scoring race with 17 Goals and 17 Assist for 34 Points in 32 games played.

Pittsburgh trails Toronto by 3 points in the standings, having a 15-15-6 record after 36 Games. The Penguins also currently hold 2 games in hand of Toronto, and are 4th in the Atlantic Divison with 36 Points.

Darcy Tucker, questionable for tonight's game (but likely to play) leads the team in goals with 19, and Mats Sundin now leads the team in points, with 34 in 31 games (15G, 16A).

Kyle Wellwood and Alexei Ponikarovsky, both having career years, are also expected to miss the game tonight.

J.S. Aubin is expected to get the start against Pittsburgh with Toronto likely wanting to rest Raycroft for when Toronto faces the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night.
 

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Maple Leafs visit slumping Penguins

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12/29/2006 11:25:39 AM


(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to avoid their longest losing streak of the season tonight, as they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Mellon Arena. Viewers in the Leafs region can watch the game on TSN at 7:30pm et.

The Penguins dropped their fifth straight contest Wednesday against Atlanta, matching the club's five-game skid from November 4-11. Atlanta earned the 4-2 win in the Steel City, as Slava Kozlov scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist for the Thrashers.

Ray Whitney and Erik Christensen each had a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh, which is 8-8-3 on home ice this year, is playing the middle test of a three-game homestand tonight.

The Maple Leafs ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Jeff O'Neill scored the game-winning goal with 2:18 left in the third period to lift Toronto past the Wild, 4-3.

With time running out in regulation, Mats Sundin won a key faceoff in the Minnesota end and Bryan McCabe fired a shot on net from the high slot. Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez managed to get a pad on the shot, but O'Neill was there to stuff home the rebound for the game-winner.

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This could be a tough game for Toronto with all the injuries they have and with the steller play of Sidney Crosby. Either way I think this is going to be an exciting game.
 

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Speaking of injuries, it looks liek Darcy Tucker is actually not playing tonight. His ankle must be too sore. He had extra padding on his foot in practice this morning.

Seems like Devereaux is a go. :dunno:


Leafs look to get cooking
December 29, 2006


The Toronto Maple Leafs have been struggling on the road lately, but they've had no trouble when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins over the last five years.

The Maple Leafs look to win their eighth straight game at Mellon Arena as they play the struggling Penguins on Friday.

Paul Maurice confirmed that Darcy Tucker will sit out tonight - Boyd Devereaux will take his place in the lineup.

Toronto (17-16-5) is just 1-4-1 on the road since Nov. 30, getting outscored 23-10 in those games.
 

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Is anyone going ot put in a word about the pass made by McCabe? :dunno:

The man is too overconfident. He's not as good as he thinks he is.
 
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