03/08/2012 12:37 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT

NHL Capsules: Penguins win 7th straight, rally to beat slumping Leafs 3-2

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - 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 straight 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 honouring 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 last 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 Maple Leafs have lost six of seven and are five points behind eighth-place Winnipeg.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored on a power play 56 seconds into overtime to lift Buffalo past 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.

Pominville converted in overtime after Bryan Allen was sent off for hooking with 55 seconds left in regulation. Parked atop the left circle, Pominville took a pass from Christian Ehrhoff and blasted it inside the far post. Goalie Cam Ward appeared to be screened by defenceman Jay Harrison.

Jaroslav Spacek and Chad LaRose scored for Carolina.