Crosby show hits ACC

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

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Somewhere in a private box at the Air Canada Centre, Wayne's World star Mike Myers and those in his entourage were probably bowing down in the direction of Sidney Crosby while chanting "We're not worthy!"

On this particular night, it was the bumbling Maple Leafs who were not worthy of being on the same ice as Sid The Kid's Pittsburgh Penguins.

About two hours after Myers dropped puck in the ceremonial opening faceoff between Crosby and Mats Sundin, Sid The Kid drove the final dagger into Austin Powers' beloved blue-and-white by tapping home a loose puck for the winning goal in a wild 6-4 Penguins victory.

"He's a pretty big fan, isn't he?" Crosby said of Myers, a long-time crazed Leafs supporter.

Myers would have to be a little bit nuts in order to digest the dog's breakfast turned in by the hosts last night.

Crosby's second goal of the game, which snapped a 4-4 tie, came with the Leafs' Darcy Tucker stewing in the penalty box after being slapped with a delay-of-game penalty, one of nine minors taken by the Leafs.

After pleading for his team to stay out of the penalty box against the high-octane Pens, frustrated coach Paul Maurice must be at wits end after watching his message land on deaf ears.

"Four minors in the third period ... you are really playing with fire when you do that," a perturbed Maurice said.

Last season, the Penguins power play carved the Leafs by going 10-for-29 with a man advantage during the season series against Toronto, a scenario Maurice didn't want to see happen again.

But it did.

The Leafs would not have been in the game if not for goaltender Vesa Toskala, who was hung out to dry on a number of occasions.

By the time the carnage had ended, the Penguins had peppered the Toronto net with 52 shots, the most allowed by the Leafs since the Boston Bruins fired 53 at them on Oct. 24, 2005.

Perhaps the only other bright spot for Toronto was forward Jason Blake, who scored his first goal as a Leaf.

It was a difficult week for Blake, who announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

The speedy forward vowed that the condition would not slow him down, adding that he would do his best to remain a key cog in the Leafs' playoff aspirations.

How fitting, then, that he would score his first goal in a Toronto uniform on "Pink Ribbon Night," an evening dedicated to the team's Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign.

Leafs players joined their wives and girlfriends to team up with the Canadian Breast Cancer campaign to raise awareness about the disease. Pink ties were worn by the likes of general manager John Ferguson and CBC personality Don Cherry in support of the endeavour.

Given the setting, it was appropriate that Blake finally found the back of the net as a Leaf, poking in a Mats Sundin rebound at 16:27 of the second period to tie the game at 4-4.

Blake acknowledged he had been pressing, adding that the moment would have been sweeter had the Leafs won.

"Based on what he's been through, I'm sure a big weight was taken off his shoulders," Maurice said.

Crosby spoiled Blake's night by breaking the deadlock at 14:38 of the third. Maxime Talbot added an empty-net goal at 19:10 to seal the deal.

Sundin hit another milestone.

BIG ASSIST

Having become the franchise's top goal scorer and point getter just two days earlier in an 8-1 beating of the New York Islanders, Sundin's assist on Blake's goal moved him past Darryl Sittler on the career Leafs assist list with 528. But the captain still has a long way to go to catch fellow Swede Borje Salming, who leads with 620.


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