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Pens Points: On Another Level

Pens get back in the win column with dominating win over young Maple Leafs

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After a letdown on Thursday night, the Penguins responded with a dominating 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena. Toronto struck early but once the Pens settled in they began to overwhelm the young Maple Leafs. Goals from Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Bryan Rust, and Sidney Crosby led the way as they Pens peppered Frederik Andersen all evening. Matt Murray started in goal and made some ten bell saves to keep Toronto off the board after their opening goal. [Pensburgh]

With 2016 No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews in town Saturday night, former No.1 selections Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury reflected on their memories of being the top overall pick. [Trib Live]

Starting the season on injured reserve, Bryan Rust is starting to find his rhythm and speed that turned him into a playoff hero for the Pens last season. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Sticking with Rust, he announced this week that he is launching his own root beet brand called "Rusty's Old Fashioned Root Beer." The drink will be brewed in New Castle and available to consumers in local grocery stores. [Trib Live]

Phil Kessel is leading the team in assists but that doesn't mean the Pens want him to become a pass first type of player. [Penguins]

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The speed of the Eastern Conference is surpassing the size and weight of the Western Conference. [Chicago Sun Times]

After a slow start, the Nashville Predators are starting to hit their stride as they rack up the wins. [Sportsnet]

Individual scoring is once again down across the league and the list of potential 100 points players is a short one. [Bleacher Report]

NHL general managers will meet this week in Toronto and one issue on the agenda is head shots. [Sportsnet]