When two of the NHL's top offenses with some of the game's premier goal-scorers get together for a match, well, who knows what's going to happen?
Like next to no offense at all? Sure.
Cody Franson scored the Leafs' only goal.
Pittsburgh entered the game with the top offense (3.9 goals per game) and power play (35.6 percent) in hockey. Toronto came in close behind, with the third-ranked offense (3.3 gpg) and fifth-best power play (24.1 percent).
That set up what looked like another run-and-gun shootout, the likes of which these teams have engaged in over the last few years.
Not so, you guys.
Pittsburgh rung up 40 shots on the have-all-teh-shots Leafs (Toronto had 31 of their own), but Greiss and Jonathan Bernier were strong all evening. Both clubs seemed to be sold on one another's offense, trading a careful defensive game through the first two frames before Dupuis broke through with a redirect late in the second.
He'd later score early into the third on the reunited line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Toronto went 0-for-6 on the power play, a key line on the evening. Steve Downie made a return trip to the box and Evgeni Malkin made two, his second a late unsportsmanlike for confronting Dion Phaneuf after Phaneuf laid a high, hard hit on Patric Hornqvist, who skated on the Malkin line all evening.
Late penalty aside, those who remember the catatonic play of the Penguins in last year's playoff exit should happily trade a late penalty kill in November to see a team that seems to be standing up for itself and teammates that are standing up for one another.
After being drubbed by the New York Rangers on Tuesday, the Penguins got one back. Toronto entered the contest on a three-game winning streak, with points in four straight. Pittsburgh's own seven-game winning streak had been snapped earlier in the week, but the Pens played a much more competitive game against Toronto than the dud dropped in MSG.
They'll look to carry the momentum of this game into tomorrow's rematch with the Rangers at Consol Energy Center.