TORONTO — The final horn was the merciful part of the evening. The Pittsburgh Penguins had long accepted their fate in a 7-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The teams traded rush chances in the first few minutes until a Penguins mistake yielded a breakaway goal. Another mistake yielded another goal. And another.
And you get the idea. By the time the Hockey Night in Canada postgame show began, the Penguins were again a .500 team and remained at least five points out of a playoff spot.
The only thing as consistent as Toronto adding to the scoreboard Saturday was the Penguins parade to the penalty box. The Penguins took 33 minutes in penalties, yielding seven power-play chances and two power-play goals.