PITTSBURGH (AP) - Clarke MacArthur scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs withstood Sidney Crosby's first goal of the season to keep the Penguins winless in their new arena, beating Pittsburgh 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Francois Beauchemin and Colton Orr also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who scored on four of their 14 shots to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the last time they won their division. They held on despite being outshot 9-2 in the third period, when Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu all failed to convert good scoring chances.
Pittsburgh is 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Consol Energy Center, which opened last week as the replacement for the 49-year-old Civic Arena.
Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson, the 6-foot-3 Swedish goalie who is nicknamed the Monster, turned aside 22 shots in his first start of the season, He didn't need to make the save as Malkin shot wide on a penalty shot with 1:57 left in the second period and Pittsburgh down 4-2. Malkin hasn't scored on four career penalty shots.
Crosby got Pittsburgh to within a goal by scoring 1:13 later on a backhander from along the goal line set up by Ben Lovejoy. But the Maple Leafs kept the lead despite going 16:51 without a shot at the end of the second period and the start of the third.
Some sloppy defensive play by the Penguins helped Toronto open a 4-2 lead midway through the second period. Due to injuries to Zbynek Michalek (right shoulder) and Brooks Orpik (groin), the Penguins were down to six healthy defensemen - and had to recall Andrew Hutchinson from the minors to reach that number.
Max Talbot's third goal in two seasons gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 17:33 of the first. Talbot, his shooting affected by a shoulder injury, scored only twice last season.
The first of MacArthur's two goals in a 7 1/2-minute span tied it only 7 seconds into a power play created by Eric Tangradi's high-sticking penalty. MacArthur beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a one-timer off Tomas Kaberle's cross-ice pass following a faceoff win.
Toronto took the lead 2 1/2 minutes later, scoring again after a faceoff as quick passes by Luke Schenn and Mike Zigomanis created Beauchemin's partially screened shot from above the circles.
MacArthur scored his fourth in three games, snapping off an undefended wrist shot from the left circle past Fleury after a wide-open Mikhail Grabovski slipped him a pass from behind the net at 10:30 of the second.
Notes: Malkin's penalty shot was only the second for the Penguins in two seasons. Talbot missed on their only attempt last season. ... Crosby's one point in three games represented the worst start of his six-season career. ... Malkin was scoreless after having seven goals and 27 assists in his first 15 career games against Toronto. ... Pittsburgh was 1 for 3 on the power play and is 3 for 20 for the season. Chris Kunitz's goal at 11:27 of the first period was the first allowed by Toronto's penalty-killing unit this season. ... Fleury, 0-3 this season, made only 10 saves.
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