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Last Five Games
Record: 3-0-2
 12-8  NYR  3-4  L-OT
 12-12  CAL  3-1  W
 12-13  CLB  3-4  L-SO
 12-15  TB  4-2  W
 12-18  COL  1-0  W-OT
 
Pens' losing streak hits five after 4-2 loss to Toronto (10-Dec-2002)
The Penguins fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game at two in the third but end up losing 4-2 to the Maple Leafs. Alexei Kovalev and Mario Lemieux scored for Pittsburgh. The Pens are now on a season-high five game losing streak and are winless in December (4 games). Pittsburgh wasted a strong goaltending effort from Jean-Sebastien Aubin in the loss.

Scoring
1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Penguins 0 1 1 - 2
 Maple Leafs 1 1 2 - 4
Shots on goal
1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Penguins 8 5 3 - 16
 Maple Leafs 4 10 9 - 23
Power Plays
1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Penguins 0-1 0-3 1-1 - 1-5
 Maple Leafs 0-2 0-1 1-1 - 1-4
  • Lines: Lemieux-Primeau-Kovalev, Morozov-Manderville-Nieminen, Sivek-Beech-Hrdina and Jonsson-Robitaille-Daigle.
  • Defensive pairings: Bergevin-Lupaschuk, Pushor-Ference and Orpik-Moran.
  • Goaltender: Jean-Sebastien Aubin
  • Captain: Mario Lemieux
  • Alternate captains: Marc Bergevin, Martin Straka.
  • Mats Sundin got a lucky goal to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead at 9:02 of the first period. As Sundin was falling down at the right-side of the net looking for a penalty call, he threw the puck weakly on net where it hit Jean-Sebastien Aubin's skate and went in.
    • Toronto, Mats Sundin 13 (Tom Fitzgerald, Bryan Mccabe), 9:02
  • 1st Period Penalties: Bench, Pit (too many men served by H Jonsson), 12:15; D Tucker, Tor (obstr hooking), 15:20; M Lemieux, Pit (obstruction tripping), 19:31.
  • Shots after one period were 8-4 in favor of Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh had 38 seconds of a two-man advantage early in the second but were unable to convert.
  • Toronto had a two goal lead 12:53 into the second when Jonas Hoglund scored. Robert Reichel picked up a turnover behind the net and passed out front to Hoglund who one-timed it in from out front.
    • Toronto, Jonas Hoglund 5 (Robert Reichel), 12:53
  • Alexei Kovalev cut the lead to one goal with a breakaway at 17:46. Kovalev had a breakaway from center ice after taking a pass from Mario Lemieux. He went forehand to backhand and lifted the puck over Eddie Belfour's glove hand.
    • Pittsburgh, Alexei Kovalev 16 (Mario Lemieux, Jamie Pushor), 17:46
  • 2nd Period Penalties: Bench, Tor (too many men served by T Domi), 3:37; A Mccauley, Tor (obstr holding), 6:38; N Antropov, Tor (roughing), 14:06; J Hrdina, Pit (holding), 19:20.
  • Shots after two were 14-13 in favor of Toronto.
  • Mario Lemieux tied the game at two with a power play goal just after the midpoint of the third period. Lemieux picked up a rebound of a Kovalev shot at the left-side of the net. His initial shot hit the side of the net but he grabbed that rebound and knocked it in.
    • Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux 14 (power play) (Alexei Kovalev, Jan Hrdina), 10:16
  • Toronto got the game-winner on the power play from Mats Sundin at 13:55. Sundin cut down the right wing, took a diagonal cross-ice pass from Alexander Mogilny which was partially deflected by Marc Bergevin and beat Aubin.
    • Toronto, Mats Sundin 14 (power play) (Alexander Mogilny, Tomas Kaberle), 13:55
  • Pittsburgh pulled Aubin with one minute to go in the game.
  • Paul Healey closed out the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:25.
    • Toronto, Paul Healey 2 (empty net) (Alexander Mogilny, Nikolai Antropov), 19:25
  • 3rd Period Penalties: B Mccabe, Tor (holding), 9:25; A Ference, Pit (interference), 12:52.
  • Three Stars of the Game:
    1. Mats Sundin, Tor (2g)
    2. Mario Lemieux (1g, 1a)
    3. Bryan McCabe, Tor (1a)
  • Goalies: Pittsburgh, Jean-Sebastien Aubin (22 shots, 19 saves; record: 3-6-0).
    Toronto, Ed Belfour (16 shots, 14 saves; record: 13-7-2).
  • Attendance: 19,388 at the Air Canada Centre.
  • Scratches: Josef Melichar (shoulder), Michal Rozsival (shoulder), Shean Donovan (foot), Dick Tarnstrom (foot), Martin Straka (hamstring), Steve McKenna (elbow) and Dan LaCouture (concussion).
  • ESPN boxscore: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=221210021


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Schedule for December 14th - 27th | Full Schedule | Full Results
SUNMONTUEWEDTHUFRISAT
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TB
 
W: 4-2
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COL
 
W-OT: 1-0
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20FSP
 
FLA
 
7:00pm
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22FSP
 
FLA
 
7:30pm
23FSP
 
TB
 
7:30pm
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27FSPVS
 
WAS
 
7:30pm
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