Maple Leafs cough up big lead, lose in shootout to Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk commits a holding penalty on Pittsburgh Penguins...

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk commits a holding penalty on Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Nov. 27, 2013. (CHARLES LeCLAIRE/USA Today)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

PITTSBURGH - What to dissect and at least attempt to digest from the latest collapse for the Maple Leafs, a 6-5 shootout loss to the Penguins here Wednesday night?

Well, most glaring was a blown 4-1 lead early in the second period, albeit to a Penguins team loaded with firepower enhanced by an awakened Evgeni Malkin.

There was the unfathomable third period and overtime session when the Leafs didn’t manage a single shot on net and were outshot 19-0 in that process, sending a holiday weekend sellout crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy.

And then there was the flailing penalty kill, one that surrendered three power-play goals at least one of which, depending on your point of view, was helped by debatable officiating.

Yes, it was a disturbing defeat on many levels, not the least of which will be the reinforcement around the league that when the Leafs are the opponent, you can never really consider yourself out of it.


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