Depleted Penguins have faith in system

25 October 2021 22:53:41 GMTPlus11
Mike Sullivan's Pittsburgh have countered their injury issues

Defenceman Marcus Pettersson praised the Pittsburgh Penguins' system after his depleted team scored six straight goals to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 on Saturday.

The Penguins, 25/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, entered the game with the Leafs without their top three centremen, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jeff Carter, plus winger Bryan Rust and defenceman Kris Letang.

Big name absentees

The lack of bodies didn't deter the Penguins, who won their third game from five to start the season.

Pettersson has scored four points (one goal, three assists) in the five regular season games so far. In his fourth season with Pittsburgh, the 25-year-old had nothing but praise for the system put in place by coach Mike Sullivan.

When we have a great system to rely on, everyone trusts it.

Marcus Pettersson

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Since being appointed by the Penguins in 2015, Sullivan has led the franchise to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 and with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on 16th October 2021, he became the winningest coach in the Penguins history.

Penguins sharing the spoils

With their star names out of the line-up, Pittsburgh have enjoyed scoring by committee to start the NHL season, with fourteen players having registered at least one goal.

The Minnesota North Stars (16 in 1983/84) and Calgary Flames (1985/86) are the only NHL teams who have had more unique goal scorers through the first five games of a season.

Pettersson said to the media: "We've been in this situation before, with a lot of guys missing. We've always talked about having that next-man-up mentality. When we have a great system to rely on, everyone trusts it."

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