Sunday, April 01, 2007

Penguins 4 - Maple Leafs 5(OT): Don't Call it a Comeback!

With a nationally televised game (CBC), I was hoping for Sidney to score 4 and lead the Penguins to a thrashing over the Maple Leafs.

Sadly, the best we got was a comeback and a 5-4 OT loss, giving the Leafs two important points in their fight for a playoff spot.

Crosby was OK last night, scoring once and going +1 in 23:15 of ice time, but the Penguins were obviously not nearly as desperate as the Leafs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't gain any ground in their bid for a playoff spot, and Tomas Kaberle made sure they didn't lose any either.

Kaberle scored his second goal of the game at 3:55 of overtime and the Maple Leafs took a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh's Ryan Whitney tied it with four seconds left in regulation after the Penguins pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater. Pittsburgh rallied from a 4-1 deficit.

Overtime was delayed for at least 10 minutes after a fan collapsed in the stands. Fans and medical personal pumped the man's chest for several minutes before the fan was carried out. It happened right after Whitney tied the game.

"The gentleman was successfully resuscitated and he was on his way to more care," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said.

Maurice said the delay helped them.

"It was an emotional roller coaster. To fire that into the middle of what we're going through, clearly that is more important," Maurice said.

Chad Kilger, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Bryan McCabe also scored for the Maple Leafs, who stayed in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one point and one place below Montreal and the playoff cutoff. Toronto, which missed the playoffs last year, has four games left.

"This is it, four left," Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "It's going to come down to the last one probably, we've got to hang in it. It would be nice to reel off a few more and give us some room."

The Maple Leafs, who lead Carolina and the New York Islanders by three points, have won seven straight at home after starting the season 11-15-5 at the Air Canada Centre. This game attracted a franchise-record crowd of 19,649.

"If we had to wait one hour, we would wait one hour," Kaberle said of the fan. "It's something you don't want to see. We're glad the person is good."

Gary Roberts, Maxime Talbot and Sidney Crosby also scored for the Penguins, who moved one point ahead of idle New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"We were fortunate to get a point," Roberts said. "When you play in this atmosphere and the environment you got to be on your toes. If the Leafs make the playoffs they are going to be a force for sure. They are big and strong. If you get there anybody can win."

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