Penguins' reserves rout Maple Leafs at home

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Even if they were at home, the Pittsburgh Penguins were not the marquee team in their encounter Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. When you're missing roughly $31.58 million of salary cap space in the form of forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, Jeff Carter and now defenseman
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Even if they were at home, the Pittsburgh Penguins were not the marquee team in their encounter Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When you're missing roughly $31.58 million of salary cap space in the form of forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, Jeff Carter and now defenseman Kris Letang, most of your star power has been swallowed up by a black hole.

Yet, the likes of forwards Evan Rodrigues, Drew O'Connor, Brian Boyle and defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Mark Friedman were able to outshine the high-profile but uninspired Maple Leafs, 7-1, in a lopsided result that was a perfect example of taking advantage of opportunity given.

"Sometimes, when we have a full complement of players, it's easy to defer to the Crosbys and the Malkins to get it done," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Maybe the silver lining in this is that everyone in our lineup tonight has to make a positive impact on the game. That's the mindset that we have to have. Because we don't have the luxury of deferring to Crosby or Malkin.

"It's going to be great opportunity for us."

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