Blake helps Leafs cream Crosby

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs finally got lucky on Valentine's Day.

The Leafs were red-faced after a bad first half of last night's game against the Penguins, but led by Jason Blake, wound up jilting the visitors with five third-period goals and a 6-2 victory at the ACC.

It didn't look good early for the Leafs, who were down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes and then started to make Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury look like a healthy Martin Brodeur.

The Leafs were stonewalled by Fleury until the 12:53 point of the second period. By then, Fleury had made a big pad save on Brad May, stuffed Niklas Hagman at the side of the net and got a toe on a John Mitchell shot.

Nor did it help that Mikhail Grabovski hit the crossbar, Ian White missed an open net and a shot by Nik Antropov trickled wide after Fleury got a piece of it.

But when Antropov knocked a puck out of the air past Fleury and into the net, the Leafs let loose. In the third period, Blake went on a mini scoring binge.

Fifty-five seconds into the third, Blake scored his 20th goal of the season when he backhanded a rebound behind Fleury. Just 19 seconds later the winger added a much prettier one on a deke.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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