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PITTSBURGH -- Matt Murray stood tall for the Pittsburgh Penguins during a key second-period sequence in which the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs tried to make a push. AJ McCarron Jersey .Murray turned aside the threat and the Penguins took over from there, putting away a tired Maple Leafs team in the final 20 minutes.Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored in the third period to help Pittsburgh pull away for a 4-1 victory over Toronto on Saturday night.I think sometimes you give up opportunities and we kind of dodged one with some of the chances they got, Crosby said. Those were some big saves and we were able to get those go-ahead goals after that.Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz also scored and Murray stopped a career-high 35 shots as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in nine games.Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs and Frederik Andersen had 45 saves in his second start in two nights. Toronto has won just once in its last eight on the road.I thought our fatigue showed a bit in the third period, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. Our goalie was good and we gave up two, what I think, are bad goals that are D-zone coverage.Murray kept the game tied at 1 late in the second period, denying Connor Brown and Matt Martin on a pair of point-blank, short-handed opportunities, in addition to a stop on another odd-man rush.My job is to make the save at the right time, to bail them out when they need it, and they came out hot in the third, said Murray, who has won his last 11 regular-season starts. We were pretty much unstoppable in the third.Kunitz put the Penguins ahead with 18 seconds left in the period when he flipped the puck over a sprawled Andersen.To get that goal late in the second definitely gave us a big boost, Crosby said.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 Andersens 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.Everyone has been there with back-to-back games, Crosby said. Going into the third, its not easy, but I thought we did a good job of keeping our foot on the gas and applying pressure.Hyman got Toronto on the scoreboard first less than two minutes into the game with a between-the-legs deflection over Murrays shoulder from the right post. It was Hymans 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 Letangs 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.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, hasnt 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 timeGame 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.UP NEXTToronto: 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. John Ross Jersey . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Josh Malone Jersey . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. http://www.officialauthenticbengalsstore.com/authentic-george-iloka-jersey.html .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week.ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves waited a long time to get going. Finally, at 1:22 a.m., Freddie Freeman gave them a most improbable victory. Freeman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to ruin a brilliant performance by Dillon Gee, leading the Braves past the Mets 2-1 Monday night in a game that was delayed nearly four hours by rain. Gee (5-7) drove in New Yorks lone run and totally shut down the Braves until the end. Justin Upton singled with one out before Freeman launched a towering drive into the right-field seats on a 2-2 pitch to end a game that didnt start until nearly 11 p.m. Until then, Gee had allowed only two runners as far as second base. "Its nice to wait around that long and get the win," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Our best two at-bats were our last two."Freeman had three hits on the night, but what hell remember most is the second game-ending homer of his career. "I knew I hit it good enough," he said. "I didnt know if it was going to stay fair, actually, because it was an inside pitch. I didnt know if I was able to get my hands inside. But once I saw it get up to its highest peak, I knew it was gone." For the Mets, it was another bitter blow in a disappointing season, especially coming off a walk-off victory of their own the previous day, when they scored four runs in the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. This time, they watched the Braves mob Freeman at home plate in a wild celebration. "Its tough," said Gee, who lost for the first time in five career starts at Turner Field. "Thats a tough loss." The right-hander badly fooled Freeman on a changeup with his 100th pitch of the night. For No. 101, he tried to finish off the slugging first baseman with a slider. Bad move. Gee was denied his first career shutout on a night when he allowed just five hits. "He had seen a lot of changeups," Gee said. "I thought the slider was the right pitch. I just didnt make a good one." David Carpenter (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth. Tim Hudson worked seven innings for the Braves, allowing only Gees RBI single with two outs in the seventh. Rain pushed back the first pitch 3 hours, 43 minutes — the long delay coming at a most inopportune time with the teams facing a day-night doubleheader Tuesday to make up a game that was rained out on May 4. But at least the Mets got this one in. Not even midway through the season, theyve already had six games postponed by inclement weather. The announced crowd of 22,048 appeared to be less than 10,000 by the time the game finally started, and dwindled even more before it ended less than 12 hours before the scheduled start of the doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday. Gonzalez wasnt even bothering to go home, saying he planned to spend the night at the ballparrk. Shawn Williams Jersey. The Braves lined up hotel rooms nearby for any players who wanted to stay close to Turner Field with such a short turnaround. Hudson pitched around trouble until the seventh. New York pushed runners into scoring position four times in the first six innings, but Hudson escaped three times with strikeouts, the other time with a double play. Finally, New York broke through. John Buck led off the seventh with a single and scored from second when Gee grounded a single to left with two outs. Until the ninth, Atlantas only serious scoring threat against Gee came in the second, when Freeman led off with a double into the right-field corner. Evan Gattis grounded out, B.J. Upton flied out and Dan Uggla whiffed to end the inning. Lucas Duda started at first base and got four hits, after the Mets reversed course on moving him from the outfield to his more natural position. They feared using Duda at first might send the wrong message to former starter Ike Davis, whos been demoted to Triple-A to try to work out of a massive slump. Clearly, the move agreed with Duda, who had four hits in a game for the third time in his career. The last came on Sept. 16, 2011, against the Braves in Atlanta. About 45 minutes after the scheduled first pitch, the rain let up. The crowd cheered when the grounds crew ran on the field to sponge off the tarp and pull it into the outfield, but their hopes of getting started were quickly dashed. Radar showed another thick line of storms moving in from the west, so Braves officials held off on starting the game. What remained of the sparse crowd had to pass the time by watching coverage of the Philadelphia-Washington game on the big video board in centre field. That game ended before this one even started, as did every contest on the East Coast. After another round of showers, the Braves optimistically announced the game would begin at 10:05 p.m. The tarp was removed, the players warmed up, the lineups were announced, and a choir came out to belatedly sing the national anthem. But the rain picked up again, and the tarp had to be put back on. Finally, at 10:53 p.m., Hudson threw the first pitch to Juan Lagares. NOTES: The Braves plan to add RHP Cory Rasmus to their roster as an extra player for Tuesdays doubleheader. The Mets will boost their roster to 26 players by activating RHP Scott Atchison. ... Mets reserve INF Justin Turner was late joining the team in Atlanta after staying behind in New York to get an MRI. Hes had a ribcage problem for several days and might have to go on the disabled list, according to manager Terry Collins. ... Alex Wood (0-0) makes his first career start for the Braves in Game 1 of the doubleheader against New Yorks Matt Harvey (5-1). Then, in the nightcap, touted Mets prospect Zack Wheeler makes his big league debut against Atlantas Paul Maholm (7-5). Wholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticCheap Jerseys 2018Cheap Nike NFL JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2020Jerseys From China ' ' '

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