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Insider Only Penguins playing like a team, put on a clinic vs the Leafs

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three first period goals for the second straight game and never took their foot off the pedal in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Patric Hornqvist (2), Sidney Crosby (3), Chris Kunitz (1), Evgeni Malkin (1) and Brandon Sutter (2) all scored in the win. Marc Andre Fleury made 23 saves for the win.
The Penguins with 11 goals through their first two games, again dictated the pace out-shooting the Leafs 41-25 and Pittsburgh dominated the puck possession game with 71 shot attempts to the Leafs 52.
At even strength (5 v 5) the Penguins had a CF% of 61.9 with 52 shot attempts to the Leafs 32.
Toronto was a train wreck tonight but a lot of it was because of the Penguins. Pittsburgh played a complete team game, most notably the little things such as strong support on the breakout and great back pressure from the forwards defensively as it was a total team effort.
The Penguins have come into the season as a hungry team and their playing like an actual team. This hasn’t been some pond hockey effort where they’re just outscoring teams.
The Penguins went 3-5 on the power play with power play goals from Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

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