Penguins Bounce Back

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Mario Lemieux scored twice and had two assists as the Pittburgh Penguins avenged their worst opening-game defeat with a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's not revenge, but we were embarrassed in the first game," Lemieux said. "All hockey players have pride. You have to come back and play better and that's what we did."

The Penguins have won two consecutive games following a 6-0 home loss to the Maple Leafs.

"They came in our house and abused us in the first game," Penguin goalie Johan Hedberg said. "We really wanted to come here and beat them."

Tie Domi, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Alexander Mogilny scored power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two consecutive games following the opening night.

"Penalties, turnovers, outnumbered rushes, you name it," Maple Leaf's captain Mats Sundin said. "We struggled with most of our game."

Mogilny appeared to have tied the game with 24 seconds left in regulation, but the goal was disallowed after it was ruled that Toronto's Shayne Corson knocked the net off its moorings before the puck went in.

"I thought it should have been an automatic goal all the way around," Corson said. "All I know is I was getting hooked quite badly and I didn't even know the net came off."

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