Maple Leafs shut down Crosby, beat Penguins

Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk puts a shot on Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury Saturday night at the...

Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk puts a shot on Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury Saturday night at the ACC. The Leafs won 4-1. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

The Maple Leafs had been living a charmed life against the NHL’s most dangerous players the past few games.

Between Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Marian Gaborik, only Gaborik had a point the past three games before Saturday. Now you can add NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby and good pal Evgeni Malkin to that list of frustrated forwards.

Although the Pens put nearly 40 shots on a sharp James Reimer, only Malkin had an assist and Toronto beat the Penguins 4-1 at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs hung on to a piece of first in the conference with a record of 8-4, having started the day tied with the Pens and Boston Bruins. They also start a Western Canadian road trip on the right note. Phil Kessel’s seventh goal of the season and fifth in the past three games was the third-period insurance, with a Dave Bolland empty-netter.

Coach Randy Carlyle was patching his lineup again, minus two top-six forwards.


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