TORONTO (AP) -- Ric Jackman, Rico Fata and Aleksey Morozov scored
against backup Trevor Kidd, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their
season-high fourth straight with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto
Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Pittsburgh won despite allowing Toronto to record a season-high
46 shots to the Penguins' 17.
Kidd, who has struggled while playing behind Ed Belfour, looked
shaky early. Jackman scored on Pittsburgh's first shot, and fans
jeered Kidd's saves in the second period.
The Maple Leafs didn't acquire a backup goalie before Tuesday's
NHL trade deadline despite Belfour's recent back problems. Belfour
didn't miss this game because of injury.
Pittsburgh owns the league's worst record, but is 6-2-1
following an 18-game winless streak (0-17-0-1). The Penguins have
won four straight for the first time since a six-game run from Jan.
Sebastien Caron replaced Penguins starter Jean-Sebastien Aubin,
who left the game after making 11 saves on 12 shots in the first
The Penguins only had two shots in the first, but Jackman --
acquired from Toronto last month -- put a wrist shot past Kidd
during a power play at 6:22 of the first.
Toronto's Owen Nolan threaded a pass to a streaking Joe
Nieuwendyk, who tied it on the power play at 15:36 of the first.
Kidd dropped to the ice too early, allowing Fata to give
Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead at 1:17 of the second.
Morozov put a shot off Kidd's blocker to make it 3-1 at 16:10 of
After Jackman turned the puck over, Toronto's Mats Sundin put a
backhander past Caron with 6:06 left in the third.
Toronto couldn't score with an extra attacker in the final
minute. Sundin almost did with 40 seconds left, but Caron made a
late stop with his shoulder just as the puck was about to go in.
Ron Francis, acquired Tuesday from Carolina, played his
first game for Toronto. ... Pittsburgh's Kelly Buchberger dropped
to the ice in pain after Toronto's Wade Belak checked him into the
boards in the first. Belak received a charging penalty. ... Toronto
won its three previous games against Pittsburgh.