The last thing the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to do was go to overtime. Ian White made sure they didn’t have to.
White scored with 1:22 to play - 53 seconds after Pittsburgh tied the score for the third time - and the Maple Leafs held on for a 4-3 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Penguins last night in Pittsburgh.
White beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a slap shot from the right point to give Toronto - 1-9 in overtime this season - only its second win in its past seven games. The defenseman has eight goals, three in the last four games
“I think we kept a quiet confidence after [Pittsburgh’s tying goal],’’ White said. “We didn’t get deflated - and that’s a pretty deflating time to get one scored against you. But we kept on pushing, had a couple more hard shifts, and it paid off.’’
Lee Stempniak had a goal and two assists, and Luke Schenn and Jason Blake also scored for the Maple Leafs, who gained at least a point for the fourth time in five games.
Mike Rupp tied it with 2:15 to play, and Matt Cooke and Sidney Crosby also scored for the Penguins, who lost in regulation for only the third time since Nov. 27.
Three of the Maple Leafs’ four goals came off shots from the point. Toronto has 18 goals this season from the six defensemen in uniform yesterday, and Tomas Kaberle ranks second among NHL defensemen with 35 points.
Flyers 2, Islanders 1 - Jeff Carter snapped a tie in the second period as Philadelphia beat host New York for the 13th straight time.
The Flyers, who will face the Bruins Friday in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, have won three in a row for the first time in two months and haven’t lost to the Islanders since Feb. 12, 2008.
“Of the three [straight] wins, I thought tonight was our best,’’ said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. “Offensively we had an identity and defensively we were pretty tight.’’
Danny Briere scored in the first period to give the Flyers the lead and he had one waved off. Replay determined Briere steered his own shot in with a skate after the puck hit goalie Martin Biron at the end of a two-on-one rush.
Jon Sim’s fourth goal of the season tied it in the second period, but the Islanders couldn’t generate any other offense.
Blackhawks 5, Predators 4 - Patrick Kane scored with 43.4 seconds to play, his second of the game, capping a wild third period and lifting host Chicago past Nashville.
John Madden scored twice in the third for the Blackhawks, who beat Nashville on consecutive nights to open an eight-point lead in the Central Division over the Predators.
Chicago trailed, 2-1, entering the final period, went up 4-2, let Nashville tie it, and then won on Kane’s 15th goal.
Sabres 5, Blues 3 - Mike Grier had two goals and an assist and Tim Connolly scored twice during Buffalo’s three-goal third period in St. Louis.
Canucks 5, Flames 1 - Mason Raymond scored three times in a 14:05 span, and Roberto Luongo made 29 saves to power visiting Vancouver.