O’Connor, Pettersson help Penguins rout Maple Leafs 7-1

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Drew O’Connor scored doubly and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 connected Saturday night.

O’Connor got his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season. Marcus Pettersson besides scored and added 2 assists for a career-high 3 points. The Penguins, playing without 5 of their champion players, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, broke a 1-all necktie with a four-goal 2nd period.

Evan Rodrigues scored his 3rd goal, portion Jason Zucker and Brian Boyle some got their 2nd of the season. Mike Matheson besides scored his archetypal for Pittsburgh, which has 23 goals, produced by an NHL-most 14 antithetic players this season.

Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Penguins, who person scored astatine slightest 4 goals successful each but 1 crippled this season.

Jason Spezza scored his 3rd for Toronto, which mislaid its 3rd consecutive game. Jack Campbell allowed 5 goals connected 21 shots done 2 periods. Michael Hutchinson stopped 10 shots successful the third.

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Pittsburgh opened the scoring astatine 11:53 of the archetypal erstwhile Pettersson’s constituent changeable deed O’Connor and went into the net. Spezza tied it 51 seconds aboriginal erstwhile helium flipped a rebound implicit an outstretched Jarry from the broadside of the net.

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Then, the Penguins took over.

Pittsburgh opened a 3-1 pb with goals connected its archetypal 2 shots of the 2nd period. Matheson scored connected a wraparound astatine 1:38 and Zucker added different extremity 15 seconds later. Zucker’s changeable from the left-side partition deed disconnected the skate of Toronto defenseman Timothy Liljegren and bushed Campbell to the adjacent post.

O’Connor scored his 2nd of the crippled successful a akin manner astatine 11:01. His centering walk connected a 2-on-1 deed the skate of Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin and went into the net. Pettersson gave Pittsburgh a 5-1 pb astatine 13:59 with a wrist changeable from the slot disconnected the rush.

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Boyle scored 20 seconds into the 3rd and Rodrigues added a power-play extremity astatine 2:24.

MISSING PIECES

Letang didn’t play due to the fact that helium was successful COVID-19 protocol. Penguins manager Mike Sullivan said Saturday greeting that Letang had a affirmative test, but it wasn’t a confirmed positive.

Pittsburgh besides played without Crosby (wrist surgery) and Malkin (knee surgery), successful summation to Bryan Rust (lower body) and Jeff Carter, who was besides successful COVID-19 protocol. Rodrigues, who usually plays connected the team’s 3rd oregon 4th line, was Pittsburgh’s apical halfway against Toronto.

The Penguins past played a regular-season crippled without Crosby, Malkin and Letang connected April 9, 2017, against the New York Rangers. That crippled was besides Jarry’s archetypal NHL start.

STRUGGLING MAPLE LEAFS

Toronto has mislaid 4 of its past 5 games.

The Maple Leafs, who mislaid 5-3 against San Jose connected Friday, person allowed 12 goals implicit the past 2 nights. On offense, Toronto has scored 12 goals successful its archetypal six games.

Auston Matthews, who returned from offseason wrist country successful Monday’s overtime nonaccomplishment to the Rangers, is without a constituent successful 3 games. In six games, Mitch Marner, the Maple Leafs’ starring scorer past season, has 1 assist, portion John Tavares has a extremity and 3 points.

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FAMILIAR FACE

Kasperi Kapanen was primitively selected by the Penguins successful the archetypal circular of the 2014 NHL draft, but helium spent his archetypal 5 seasons successful the Maple Leafs’ enactment pursuing a commercialized that sent him to Toronto successful speech for Phil Kessel successful July 2015.

Kapanen, reacquired by Pittsburgh connected Aug. 25, 2020, hadn’t played against his erstwhile squad until Saturday due to the fact that of past season’s part realignment.

In 202 games, Kapanen scored 41 goals and 90 points with the Maple Leafs. Kapanen, who had 2 assists connected Saturday, has 11 goals and 34 points successful 45 games with Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Play astatine Carolina connected Monday.

Penguins: Continue an eight-game homestand, their longest of the season, Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

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