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Penguins Grades: F’s For Many in 5-2 Loss to Toronto (+)

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Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Matt Murray made several very good saves in the second period. The Pittsburgh Penguins largely didn’t challenge him in the first or third. After a brief season turnaround, the Penguins have again lost two in a row and they now have more regulation losses (7) than wins (6) this season.

The Penguins were humbled by the Maple Leafs, 5-2, at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Coach Mike Sullivan called the Penguins’ breakdowns “egregious.”

That would be a proper term for not covering players off the second-period faceoff and giving up a goal 11 seconds into the period to fall behind, 3-0. It also would be the proper term for not covering Mitch Marner near the Penguins’ net when two players missed their assignments, and a three-on-three became a one-on-none.

Murray was large in the second period. The Penguins were small in the others.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.