James van Riemsdyk scored twice, James Reimer stopped 28 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs raced past the Penguins, 5-2, Wednesday night at Pittsburgh.
Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Sidney Crosby and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins struggled with Toronto’s speed and failed to play with the kind of discipline that highlighted opening weekend wins over Philadelphia and the Rangers.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 shots for the Penguins but Pittsburgh couldn’t get off to its first 3-0 start in 18 years.
Malkin ended his drought — such as it is for a player who scored 23 goals while playing in Russia as the lockout dragged on — late in the first period when he stuffed a pass from Crosby in between Reimer’s legs to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma spoke openly about the problems Toronto’s quickness provides, saying his team gave the Maple Leafs a little too much room to operate last season.
Any attempts by the Penguins to tighten up, however, came up woefully short. Even with Bylsma experimenting with his lines — on a couple of occasions he paired Crosby and Malkin in even-strength situations — Pittsburgh looked a step slow.
Toronto scored twice early in the second period to jump in front, including van Riemsdyk’s first goal for Toronto after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Flyers. Crosby needed just 25 seconds to tie it, beating Reimer between the legs on a breakaway for his first goal in 280 days.
The speedy Maple Leafs just kept coming, with van Riemsdyk collecting his second goal of the night — and his 101st career point — after intercepting a sloppy clearing attempt by Malkin and firing the puck over Fleury’s glove to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. Toronto went in front despite losing winger Joffrey Lupul midway through the second period after a shot from teammate Dion Phaneuf hit him somewhere in his upper body.
Lupul, who signed a five-year contract extension on Sunday, did not return.
Coyotes 5, Blue Jackets 1 — Steve Sullivan scored three goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, and Phoenix beat visiting Columbus for its first win of the season.
Phoenix’s Jason LaBarbera was sharp in his first game, stopping 21 shots after starter Mike Smith left midway through the first period with a lower-body injury.
Nine players had at least a point to help the Coyotes avoid their first 0-3 start since 1985-86, when the franchise was still in Winnipeg.
Fedor Tyutin scored for Columbus in its first regulation loss of the season.
Canucks 3, Flames 2 — Zack Kassian scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift host Vancouver past Calgary.
Alexandre Burrows also scored in the shootout for the Canucks, while Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames. Kassian and Mason Raymond scored in regulation for Vancouver.
Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider both made 34 saves.