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Dupuis rescues Pens for seventh straight win

Pascal Dupuis scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to steer the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Phil Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson gave the visiting Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead in the second period but the Penguins responded through Dupuis with a goal midway through the second.

Jordan Staal made a tip-in to tie the game a minute and a half into the third, before Dupuis struck again with the clincher less than three minutes later.

It seemed only a matter of time before Pittsburgh (40-21-5) would break through as they were aggressive from the outset, outshooting Toronto (30-30-7) 11-3 in the first period.

Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves to keep the Leafs close, but they lacked firepower after losing forward Joffrey Lupul with a shoulder injury one night earlier.

Toronto has lost 12 of their last 14 games while the Penguins remain second in the Eastern Conference.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom)