Leafs ice Pens in OT

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Make no mistake that Sidney Crosby is a magical player, but he wasn't the only good centre inside the Igloo last night.

Mats Sundin had three points, including an assist on Tomas Kaberle's overtime goal, while the other three Toronto centres held Sid The Kid to a power-play assist in a 3-2 Maple Leafs' win.

And where the 18-year-old Crosby is trying to carry the last-place Penguins without Mario Lemieux and getting little relief from the veterans, Toronto's depth in goal with Mikael Tellqvist and third-period penalty killing figured in the club's third straight one-goal triumph.

Pat Quinn praised his club's back-to-back wins, the seventh time in eight sets of consecutive games they've won the back end of the series

"We never really did quit," Quinn said. "Maybe they were (caught) watching on the Crosby goal, but it's two points we'll take and give a gold star to Tellqvist."

In the tradition of Lemieux's great Igloo moments against the Leafs in post-Christmas games, Crosby dazzled while on his knees at the lip of the crease and set up Michel Ouellet for the tying goal at 12:26 of the third period. It was one of the few times Crosby wiggled away from the combined rotating coverage of Sundin, Clarke Wilm, Marlies call-up John Pohl and Kyle Wellwood.

"Our guys stopped playing, (Crosby) didn't and that was the difference on that play," Quinn said. "It's probably one of the reasons it looks like he'll be a hell of a player, because he doesn't stop trying."

The Leafs then stumbled into three more penalties within 1:23, yet killed them all. At 2:26 of overtime, Sundin fed Kaberle for a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to complete a season-high triple-pointer.

Though he has 23 points in 25 games, the captain has not looked 100% since coming back from his month-long eye injury early in November.

"I've felt pretty good the last month, both physically and skating, but for me, it's more about timing and bearing down around the net," Sundin said. "Tonight, I was more patient with the puck."

Tellqvist made 33 saves to improve to 5-3-1 this season, but Toronto's defence, particularly anyone with a surname starting with K, had its fingerprints all over the game. They took seven of eight penalties, including four straight to Alex Khavanov, one each to Kaberle and Ken Klee.

Khavanov did score Toronto's first goal, while Bryan McCabe assisted on Sundin's in the second period. The Leafs were down to five blueliners after Carlo Colaiacovo jammed his wrist in the second period and didn't return.

X-rays did not show a break, but Quinn, with Eric Lindros, Jason Allison and Alex Steen all out with hand injuries, was not convinced.

"We'll have him examined further (today)," Quinn said.

"With joints and wrists, it doesn't have to be broken to keep you out. We've had a lot of bad luck with those."


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