Pens/Maple Leafs Recap: Pettersson, O'Connor blow up and lead Pittsburgh to big win
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No Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Carter or Rust? No problem when you've got Marcus "The Dragon" Pettersson reeling off a three point night

Saturday brought more bad news, with Kris Letang landing in COVID protocol to send an already comically depleted Penguin lineup into even more dire territory.

Stepping in and stepping up — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2021

First period

Despite being a bare bones lineup, it would be the Pens to strike first in this game about 12 minutes in. After controlling most of the shot attempts, Pittsburgh strikes. Marcus Pettersson's point shot hits Drew O'Connor in the hip and the puck flutters past Jack Campbell. This would be the first of many good things that Pettersson and O'Connor did on the night. 1-0 Pens.

One glove? ONE GOAL!

Drew O'Connor cannot be stopped. — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2021

On the very next shift, the Maple Leafs would get as close as they would all night when Jason Spezza cleaned up some trash to make it 1-1 as the bad end of the Mike Matheson experience comes out.

tj brodie breaks up another odd man rush leading to jason spezza tying the game at the other end — dylan (@dylanfremlin) October 23, 2021

The second half of the period is all Toronto, they tilt the ice and after the Pens' goal there was pretty much nothing positive going on for the home team. Tristan Jarry did well to keep Pittsburgh in it, shots in the first ended up being 16-10 TOR (after starting 9-3 Pens to really give a sense of the big shift that happened).

Second period

In the second, the Pens broke the game open, and it didn't take very long to put their stamp on this game. Just 1:38 into the period, the good part of the Mike Matheson experience came through, with Matheson actually scoring a goal on the sweeping forehand wraparound attempt that he seemingly tries once a game and never scores on. Well today was the day! 2-1 Pens.

This wraparound goal from Mike Matheson MUST BE DISCUSSED.

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