NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs end Pittsburgh Penguins' unbeaten start to season
Last Updated: 24/01/13 10:01am
James van Riemsdyk: Scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs
James van Riemsdyk scored two goals and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs ended the Pittsburgh Penguins' unbeaten start to the delayed NHL season with a 5-2 win at Consol Energy Center.
Pittsburgh had won their first two games and then led after the first period of their opening home game thanks to Evgeni Malkin's goal.
However, in the second stanza Van Riemsdyk scored twice and helped create Mikhail Grabovski's clincher in the third.
Meanwhile, there were first wins of the season for the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks.
Opening his Phoenix goal account in style with a hat-trick was Steve Sullivan, the eighth of his career, as they thumped the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson was the scorer of their other two goals.
As the Rangers battled to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, Marian Gaborik also scored a hat-trick, the last an unassisted winner in overtime.
Elsewhere, Vancouver required a shootout to win their all-Canadian match-up against the Calgary Flames. Zack Kassian made the winning shot after the game had finished 2-2 with all the goals in the second period.