Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) collides with Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The Maple Leafs won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is pinned against the boards by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – Marc-Andre Fleury has a theory on why the Pittsburgh Penguins looked so sloppy during a humbling 5-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday: a decided lack of hatred toward the Maple Leafs.
Following a pair of draining victories on the road over rivals Philadelphia and the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh turned in a clunker against the NHL's second-youngest team. Fleury suggested his team endured an emotional letdown, one of the biggest reasons the Penguins looked disorganized at times.
Toronto scored the game's final three goals, two of them the direct result of uncharacteristic Pittsburgh turnovers. Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both scored their first goals of the season, but were also hit with misconduct penalties in the third period when the game was out of reach.
The Penguins play in Winnipeg on Friday.
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