NHL: Maple Leafs rout Penguins in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh • James van Riemsdyk could feel the pressure increasing when the Toronto Maple Leafs forward went scoreless his first two games with his new club.
The Pittsburgh Penguins did their best to ease van Riemsdyk's load. The speedy forward scored twice and added an assist in Toronto's surprisingly easy 5-2 win over the Penguins on Wednesday.
The victory took some of the sting out of losing forward Joffrey Lupul to a fractured forearm in the second period. The 29-year-old, who signed a five-year contract extension on Sunday, got drilled by a slapshot from teammate Dion Phaneuf and did not return. Lupul will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Sidney Crosby and Malkin the league's reigning MVP scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins struggled with Toronto's quickness and failed to play with the kind of discipline. The two superstars picked up misconduct penalties in the final minutes with things out of hand.