Penguins 2, Maple Leafs 0
TORONTO (AP) _ Robert Lang and Jaromir Jagr scored power-play goals and Peter Skudra got his first career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 Monday night.
Skudra, a last-minute starter after Tom Barrasso reinjured his groin during warmups, was sensational. He stopped 26 shots, including clutch saves on Mats Sundin, Sergei Berezin and Mike Johnson in the third period.
The shutout was Skudra’s first in 21 NHL games. The 25-year-old Russian played 17 games for the Penguins last season and had an impressive 1.83 goals-against average.
At one point in the second period, it appeared Skruda wouldn’t be able to finish the game. Penguins defenseman Neil Wilkinson inadvertently bowled into Skudra while trying to check Toronto’s Alyn McCauley, and the goalie lay motionless on the ice for two minutes. He got up, however, and stayed in the game.
Jagr assisted on Lang’s goal at 2:23 of the second period, then scored the insurance goal at 2:51 of the third to move into a tie for the NHL scoring lead with Sundin and Dallas’ Darryl Sydor at 11 points.
The Leafs were 0-for-8 on the power play and are now 4-for-45 on the season, third-worst in the league.
The Penguins were on a power play when Jagr made a slick pass to Lang, who fought off a check and sent the puck past goalie Curtis Joseph.
Jagr wired a wrist shot between Joseph’s legs to make it 2-0 early in the third.