Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Penguins 2 - Toronto 3(OT): Crosby Breaks his Canadian Cherry

Sidney Crosby played his first NHL game ever in Canada (like ohmygod) and put on quite a show. Unfortunately, Bryan McCabe, currently the NHLs luckiest schmuck, had a puck bounce off of his chest and into the net as the Leafs took the OT victory.

Bryan McCabe’s goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 overtime win Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was a strange ending for the Penguins as Kyle Wellwood’s shot deflected off goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, hit McCabe on the left shoulder and bounced into the net for the game-winning goal.

Sergei Gonchar got the Penguins (10-19-9) near the start of the first period.

Sidney Crosby backhanded a pass to Ziggy Palffy at the top of the crease. Palffy shot the puck at the net and Ed Belfour made the save. However, Gonchar, who trailed the play, tapped the rebound into a wide-open net 5:47 into the first period.

Sidney finished with 1 assist and -1 in 17:08 of ice time along with 2 shots on goal and a putrid 5 for 16 on faceoffs.

Game recap here.

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