Penguins score seven in win against Maple Leafs

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins scored six straight goals without their top three centers in a 7-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Marcus Pettersson had a goal and two assists, Drew O’Connor scored twice and Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Penguins (3-0-2), who were missing centers Sidney Crosby (wrist), Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Jeff Carter (NHL COVID-19 protocol), right wing Bryan Rust (lower body) and defenseman Kris Letang (COVID-19 protocol).

Jack Campbell was pulled after allowing five goals on 21 shots through the first two periods for the Maple Leafs (2-3-1). Michael Hutchinson made 10 saves in relief after starting a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Penguins had a 1-0 lead for 51 seconds after a shot from Pettersson went off O’Connor at 11:53 of the first period.

Jason Spezza tied it 1-1 at 12:44 with his third goal in six games. Pierre Engvall sent a shot to the right of the net, where Spezza scored on a wrist shot.

Mike Matheson and Jason Zucker scored 15 seconds apart to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

Matheson drove past Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin and scored on a wraparound to make it 2-1 at 1:38. Zucker made it 3-1 with a snap shot at 1:53.

O’Connor shot off Muzzin and in for his third NHL goal, extending the lead to 4-1 at 11:01 of the second.

Pettersson took a pass from Evan Rodrigues before taking a wrist shot from the slot to make it 5-1 at 13:59 of the second.

Brian Boyle extended the Penguins lead to 6-1 on a one-timer, the first shot against Hutchinson, 20 seconds into the third period.

Rodrigues scored a power-play goal at 2:24 for the 7-1 final.

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