Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored in the third period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins pull away for a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz also scored and Matt Murray stopped 34 shots as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in nine games.
Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs and Frederik Anderson had 45 saves in his second start in two nights. Toronto has won just once in its last eight on the road.
Rust made it 3-1 at 6:58 of the third period when he took a feed from Crosby at the faceoff dot and put a shot on Andersen. He got his own rebound and darted to the net, sweeping a shot past Andersen’s outstretched pad.
Crosby extended the lead a little more than three minutes later, tapping in a twice-redirected shot from the top of the crease for his 10th of the season. Crosby, who missed the Penguins’ first six games with a concussion, has 10 goals and 13 points in his last nine.
The Penguins, who rebounded from their first regulation loss on home ice Thursday against Minnesota, extended their unbeaten stretch against Toronto to nine games, including seven in Pittsburgh.
Hyman got Toronto on the scoreboard first less than two minutes into the game with a between-the-legs deflection over Murray’s shoulder from the right post. It was Hyman’s second goal of the season and second in two nights.
Malkin scored his eighth on the power play to tie it at 3:06 of the second. Kris Letang’s initial shot from between the circles ricocheted off the end boards behind the net and Malkin was near the post to tap it in.
Malkin has points in nine of his last 11 games, including four straight overall and six consecutive at home. Patric Hornqvist, who had an assist on the goal, has points in 11 of 15 games this season.
Murray kept the game tied, denying Connor Brown and Matt Martin on a pair of point-blank, short-handed opportunities.
Kunitz then put the Penguins ahead with 18 seconds left in the period when he flipped the puck over a sprawled Andersen.
This was the first meeting between Crosby and Maple Leafs rookie forward Auston Matthews. Crosby faced Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, four days after his first game against Edmonton star Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Matthews, who had six goals and four assists in his first six games, hasn’t scored since Oct. 25, and has just three assists in his last nine games. He was shut out again on Saturday with one shot in nearly 17 minutes of ice time.
NOTES: Leafs D Matt Hunwick played for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury Oct. 25. ... Penguins’ F Tom Kuhnhackl was in the lineup for the first time in six games. ... The Penguins wore their Pittsburgh Gold white road jerseys on home ice for the first time since Game 2 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.
Toronto: Hosts Nashville on Tuesday night in the opener of a stretch of three of four at home.
Pittsburgh: At Washington on Wednesday night to start a stretch of five of six on the road.Report Typo/Error