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Penguins/Maple Leafs Recap: Karlsson’s goal bags the Leafs

The Pens get back to .500 with a home win over Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

The Penguins snapped their two-game losing streak and got back to .500 on the season at 10-10-0.

Pittsburgh’s first goal was scored by their first line on the rush to get the game tied back at 1-1 in the first period just 28 seconds after Toronto opened the scoring. Sidney Crosby passed to Drew O’Connor who had plenty of room and space to make a nice play for a Jake Guentzel tap-in of a goal.

Guentzel’s seventh goal of the season was answered by Matthew Knies in the first to re-establish the Maple Leafs’ lead at 2-1.

The second period ended up being pivotal for Pittsburgh and sent them to victory, with some role players finding ways to step up and get on the scoreboard.

Noel Acciari scored the classic “former team” goal against his old squad when he stole the puck and fired a high shot past Joseph Woll in order to tie the game.

Acciari had a part in what would be the game-winning goal as well, though he didn’t receive credit for a point on it. Erik Karlsson’s shot from long distance following a Jeff Carter faceoff win ended up scoring in part due to Acciari’s screen of Woll. The crucial goal came in the final minute of the second period to change the tenor of the game and give the Pens the lead and momentum going into the final frame.

Unlike last night in Buffalo, it would not be a lead the Penguins would squander. Tristan Jarry made 12 third period saves as part of his 31 on the game to hold down the fort and earn the victory.

The Penguins emerge from a brutal stretch (three games in four days that also extends out to five-in-eight), the team has earned a couple of days between action. Pittsburgh will face off against their next opponent Tuesday in Nashville.