Penguins win seventh in a row

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Pittsburgh's Brian Strait is shoved into linesman Brian Murphy by Toronto's Carter Ashton during the first period of the Penguins' 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.   GENE J. PUSKAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Pittsburgh's Brian Strait is shoved into linesman Brian Murphy by Toronto's Carter Ashton during the first period of the Penguins' 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

PITTSBURGH — Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots.

The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its past 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth-place in the Eastern Conference.

Phil Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs let an early two-goal lead slip away while falling to 1-2 since Randy Carlyle took over as coach following Ron Wilson’s firing.

The 4,700-pound statue of Lemieux depicts him splitting a pair of defensemen on his way to scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in 1988.

Sculptor Bruce Wolfe spent 15 months on the project, which is based on a picture that ran in Sports Illustrated. Lemieux called it a “special day” during a brief ceremony.

SABRES 3, HURRICANES 2 (OT)

In Buffalo, N.Y., Jason Pominville scored on a power play 56 seconds into overtime to give the Sabres a victory over Carolina.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers also scored to help the Sabres (31-28-8) jump into a tie with Washington for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots, Pominville and Vanek also had assists, and the Sabres outshot the Hurricanes 42-24.

Jaroslav Spacek and Chad LaRose scored for the Hurricanes. Coming off a 4-3 overtime win at Washington, Carolina dropped to 8-14-9 on the road and failed to win consecutive road games for the first time since October.


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