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Video: Malkin, Penguins win wild, controversial one over Leafs

Nov 27, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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There was no shortage of entertainment – really, that’s code for controversy – between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

The Penguins, after falling behind the Leafs by three goals in the second period, came back in a 6-5 shootout victory over the visitors from Toronto. Evgeni Malkin, who entered the night with only four goals so far this season, scored twice in regulation, had a goal waved off and assist, and then added the second Pittsburgh tally in the shootout.

That was also the deciding goal, after Sidney Crosby scored first in the breakaway competition.

The Leafs jumped out to a two-goal lead at the end of the second period. But they literally failed at any kind of offensive attack in the final 25 minutes of play.

Tyler Bozak scored to make it a 5-3 game with five seconds remaining in the second period. The Leafs didn’t register a single shot on Pittsburgh goalie Jeff ZatkoffMarc-Andre Fleury was pulled after Toronto’s third goal – in the third period or overtime.

The win was not without its divisive issues.

Malkin’s second goal of the night, which tied the game at 5-5 just before the midway point of the third period, is up for debate about whether it should’ve been allowed.

It appeared Leafs’ goalie Jonathan Bernier may have had the puck covered, or in his pads, when Malkin first knocked it loose, and then eventually in to the net.

Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, who didn’t get an explanation for the controversial Malkin tying goal, had some critical words for referees Ghislain Hebert and Kevin Pollock.

“By that time they didn’t want to talk to anybody,” Carlyle said afterward, as per Mark Masters of TSN.

They get to a position where they think they don’t have to talk to people I guess…”

And then there was this lengthy battle between Crosby and Dion Phaneuf.

It started in behind the net, than cooled off for a few seconds, and concluded with the two meeting up again and getting called for coincidental minor penalties.

  1. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    That was one heck of a game. I couldn’t even fathom a Leafs/Penguins playoff series.

  2. curioustraveler13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Wow that was some game. What is it with Toronto and 4-1 leads. Depres was one of the few defenseman I didn’t have a problem with. England played real good too. You live and die with letang. He had 1 goal and 2 assists, but he was directly responsible for 3 leafs goals. Great to get 2 points tonight and escaping without getting anymore injuries.

  3. joeslickfromturtlecreek - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    A great game for hockey fans, if not a little disconcerting for fans of either team. Plenty of negatives in the play for both squads. Enjoyed the hell out of it, though.

  4. withseidelinn - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Malkin’s second goal was complete crap, but I have to admit the Leafs gave this one away completely. What do you expect when you don’t get one shot on net for 25 minutes of play. Another thing, why do they not put Kadri in the shootout?? He has the best hands on the team BY FAR!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      With, I wouldn’t call it complete crap, I’d say it was a clever play by Malkin and absurd that he got away with it. Textbook case of goalie interference, right from the rule book. He pushed the goalie away from the puck in the crease. OK then. But as you said, zero shots in the 3rd period and OT? I’ll boldly suggest that is not a formula for success. They need to get it into their heads that unless you lead by 6 in the final minute, there is no such thing as enough goals. If they were too tired, then the coaches and players all get a fail for lack of conditioning.

      • c9castine - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        phaneuf looked tired as hell towards the end of the game. Kunitz was hitting him all game long trying to drain his energy seem to have worked but ill give that brute some credit he still turned in a solid game and didn’t get taken advantage of despite of it.

      • withseidelinn - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        I agree with you, and I’ll admit that I’m biased towards the Leafs which somewhat explains my previous comment. It was goalie interference like you said, but I never understood why they said it wasn’t reviewable. Regarding protecting the leads… big problem there. Once they scored those 2 quick ones in the first I thought they had it in the bag.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Anyone who can remember back as far as the 2013 playoffs, Leafs at Boston, Game 7, (or for old farts like me, the Miracle on Manchester in 1982; Oilers led 5-0 in the 3rd and lost) should know that the only sure way to make certain your lead is safe is to increase it. Scientists have discovered that will usually involve actually shooting the puck toward the other team’s net.

  5. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I’m concerned about Letang he said in a interview earlier today that his knee is still bothering him and that resting it won’t help. I’m just wondering if his going to need surgery. I’m also wondering how his going to hold up for the rest of the year. His clearly not playing well because his not 100%.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      His skating is fine. It’s his decision making abilities is the problem. That doesn’t come from your knee.

  6. Puck Quest - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Getting SOGged 19-0 in the 3rd cancels out any controversy.

    Malkin’s wave-off was a gift. The play stopped because the puck was in the net. No ref called the high stick, otherwise, you still have a ferocious scrum at the net and who’s to say?

    • sunderlanding - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      The puck went in the net, so the scrum you’re talking about wouldn’t have happened either way because THE PUCK WAS IN THE NET. That’s not a gift. That’s just them following the rules.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I was surprised when Malkin scored his second goal that they didn’t wave it off. I thought for sure the refs were going to say goalie interference but they didn’t and I’ll take it. I also like how in the past 2 games when the Penguins got down they didn’t give up. Earlier in the year when they would get down they would have probably quit, now they are actually fighting back when their down.

  8. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I wonder if the Penguins would ever consider moving Letang to forward.

    • chanceoffleury - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Letang didn’t become a defenseman until a coach he had in juniors when he was almost 17 suggested he try the defenseman position to give their team some offensive prowess on the blueline. He loved it and he’s been there ever since. Now I don’t know how true this next part is, but I’ve heard that the Penguins HAVE discussed moving him before and he is VERY adamant about staying put as a defenseman.

  9. murtdurt - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    We must have been watching a different game but from the 2 angles I saw Malkin never touches burnier. It’s his own leaf player that collides with the goalie and Malkin cleans up the garbage just sitting in the crease.

    • stakex - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      What is it about being a fan that makes people go blind? Look, I don’t really care who won the game and think the Pens probably would have tied it anyway with how this was going…. but Malkin very clearly pushes Bernier out of the way and scores. Even the Penguins announcers, some of the biggest homers in the NHL, pointed it out…. so I have no idea why Pens fans would so easily ignore their own eyes. Not to mention, what does it matter? Your team won.

      Either way, the refs most definitely missed a call on this one. A player can’t push a goalie out of the way, and then shoot the puck into the net like that.

  10. csilojohnson - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Crazy game. Glad they got 2. Got to be the worst ive seen Orpik play in a while. Past 3 games have been pretty ugly. Despres had a hell of a game after the penalty. Already miss Martin.

    • lindbergh9 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      You got it. #7 is bar far our best defenseman. Sure going to miss him hopefully not much more than a month. #71 & #87 are so much fun to watch.

  11. cspsrbums - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    An the Pens getting a gift from the NHL again. No surprise for the golden boys.

    • stakex - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      It was a bad call, no doubt about it. However lets not get carried away…. bad calls happen all the time, and there is no conspiracy behind it.

    • drone501 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      from the league? you got to me kidding me. get your head outr of your a## and watch whats really going on.

  12. steelers88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Chanceoffleury.
    He might not want to move to a forward position but he might have to. He is terrible defensively in fact his more of a liability as defenseman than a help. As long as his playing defense his hurting the team. He really has to do whats good for the team he shouldn’t worry about what he wants to do he should be a team player and move to a forward position. Even Derrek Engelland played forward this year.

    • chanceoffleury - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Let’s not get crazy now. He’s had a bad month, not a bad career. You don’t just move your Norris trophy nominated, 3x allstar defenseman to a completely different position because he’s crapped the bed for a handful of games. Thus far in his career, he’s done nothing but improve from year to year so I think a lot of fans have just been spoiled. Even the best players have bad games/weeks/months/years. They’re humans. Players like him can turn it around as fast as they fall down. I don’t really care if he has a slumpy year from October to March, if he decides to slump in April THEN I’ve got a problem. The beauty of the Penguins is that guys can be playing god awful and they’ve still got enough team support to get them in the playoffs. From there on out it’s a clean slate. If he’s horrible from October to March, but then goes on a tear from April to June people will be saying “What slump?” I mean it’s nice when he’s playing well, but the Penguins as a team aren’t directly correlated to his play. Besides, unless their names are James Neal or Evgeni Malkin, the entire team has been playing pretty forgettable hockey since November started. Letang has basically just been one turd in the turd pile.

  13. steelers88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I don’t know I have never really been a Letang fan. I didn’t even want the Penguins to resign him this past offseason. I think they totally overpaid for him.

  14. slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    i’d love to see those two smartmouth announcers from root tv make a big mistake and walk into a bar or restaurant where the opposing team was watching a replay of the game and listening to them knock them ! those two probably think picking your nose or wiping your butt is real sport !

    • ironman721 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      At a time when opposing fans are being beaten to death, stabbed, and shot in parking lots, you are encouraging off-ice sports related violence. Please educate yourself before ever posting again.

    • drone501 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      steigerwald is a shill for the pens. errey does call out a pen when he screws up bad but he holds back a helluva lot. i miss mike lang doing the tv side of the games. a hall of fame announcer.

    • drone501 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      if you want a little violence, come on down to pittsburgh. lot of local sports fans will oblige you. hell, ill pay for your plane fare. a toss into the allegheny will cool your ass. amd by the way, happy thanksgiving. lol

      • slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        sometimes, when you pray for rain you have mud to put up with ! now go back to coloring pictures for mom’s fridge door !

  15. pensman29 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Uhh question- on local tv, who cares if the announcers are homers. Both of them have really strong ties with the team and obviously want them to win. ITS LOCAL TELEVISON!

    • slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      unfortunately, it’s the feed they use on center ice genius. now go back to your crayons !

  16. steelers88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Unless you have NHL Center Ice.

  17. ironman721 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    At this point the Pens need to take any win they can get….

  18. ironcity6pak - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    What an entertaining game and much credit to the pens for not throwing in the towel especially when 29 was pulled for looking like his old self, guess he needs another sit down session with psych doc after this one. 9 shots on goal for Neal!! What a year he’s having, MVP discussion?

  19. joey4id - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    What an ugly ugly game by two talented teams. Shootout at ok corral are no fun to watch unless you just care about the 2 points. I much prefer seeing a well played game all around than than see players on both teams make bone head plays. Terrible puck management (Fleury twice, give away by Letang & Orpik) and stupid penalties. Kadri on the goalie, Malkin while on the PP, Smthson holding on Letang followed by JVR while on the PK. Matha not taking his man on the line change, and somebody on that bench from the coaches to the trainers should be responsible for counting the players on every line change. This is basic stuff. What the hell was in the water these 2 teams were drinking. The Leafs had the Pens in the ropes but they let them back in the game because of stupid penalties and were not able to get a shot on net in the last 25 minute of the game. Bloody ugly!

  20. phillyphannnn83 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    ” lindbergh9 November 28, 2013, 12:11 AM EST

    You got it. #7 is bar far our best defenseman. Sure going to miss him hopefully not much more than a month. #71 & #87 are so much fun to watch.”

    Here’s a towel, you got something on your chin.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Crosby 33 points in 26 games. Geno 30 points in 26 games. Giroux 17 points in 24 games. Vorachek 12 points in 24 games. Lecavalier 14 points in 24 games. Looks like someone is jealous.

  21. steelers88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Ironcity6pack.
    Two of the three goals wasn’t his fault. The first goal was deflected right in front of him. The second goal was on a 3 on 1. I wouldn’t be getting on Fleury his probably been the most consistent player on the Penguins this year.

  22. steelers88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I don’t mind Paul Stigerwald or Bob Errey. I do wish they would criticize the players a little bit more and I wish they would give credit to the other team. However Mike Lange is a Hall of fame announcer and he should be on tv over Stigerwald and Errey.

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