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Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Ottawa Senators 6 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:55 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Ottawa Senators 6 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Ottawa Senators 6

OTTAWA (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators are moving into position to defend their Eastern Conference title.

Martin Havlat and Peter Schaefer each scored two goals and Marian Hossa had three assists in Ottawa's 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Daniel Alfredsson and Josh Langfeld also scored to help the Senators move within a point of Toronto for the conference lead. Ottawa, which finished first overall last season, improved to 13-2-4 in its last 19 games.

``There are a lot of positives right now, but we have to keep winning,'' Alfredsson said. ``Philadelphia is getting back on track and Toronto keeps winning even though they have a lot of guys out. They're pushing us and we're pushing them so it should be a great race.''

Milan Kraft, Drake Berehowsky, Tom Kostopoulos, Brian Holzinger and Dick Tarnstrom scored for Pittsburgh, which lost its fifth in a row despite tying a season high for goals.

``They worked hard and they battled back, so they deserve a lot of credit,'' Schaefer said.

Kostopoulos hit the left post with a shot in the final seconds after Tarnstrom's power-play goal drew the Penguins within one with 2:22 remaining.

``I never thought it was close, but then you hear it _ it was a pretty good cling,'' Alfredsson said. ``It was a good relief because I thought we definitely were the better team out there and we deserved to win.''

Pittsburgh, which has allowed a league-high 178 goals and is last in the NHL with 30 points, has just three wins in its last 19 games (3-14-1-1).

``It's really frustrating,'' Kostopoulos said. ``They're one of the best teams in the league and I thought our team played well. We didn't give up at all. Down by three going into the third, we got two big goals and then almost got a third.''

The Penguins, who won and tied their two previous games against Ottawa this season, were 3-for-6 with the man advantage.

``We battled hard and what you saw tonight is the way we play,'' Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said. ``We put our necks on the line and we play with a lot of moxie. People don't respect us too much _ I'm not saying the Senators, I'm just saying the public and the media in general. I mean, we've played these guys pretty tough in three games.''

Ottawa, which went 2-for-10 on the power play, scored on six of 23 shots against rookie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was replaced by Jean-Sebastien Aubin for the third period. Fleury was making his second start since returning from a stint with the Canadian national junior team.

``I thought he was really good early, and then I thought we didn't give him much of an opportunity late in the first period when we gave them two power plays,'' Olczyk said. ``The last couple of goals in the second period I didn't think he was very sharp on. I think right now he's just in between and we've got to help him find it.''

Hossa, Alfredsson and Senators defenseman Wade Redden were added to the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star game in St. Paul, Minn., on Feb. 8.

``I think it shows that we had a great first half, and a lot of our guys had good individual halves as well,'' Alfredsson said.

Pittsburgh, which has lost 13-time All-Star Mario Lemieux for the season to a hip injury, had no players added, leaving the Penguins without an All-Star representative for just the second time in franchise history, and first time in 25 years.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:49
PIT
Milan Kraft (9) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PIT
13:02
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Bonk (22)
1 - 1 Tie
14:07
PIT
PPG - Drake Berehowsky (5) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Malone (11), Tomas Surovy (7)
2 - 1 PIT
16:40
OTT
PPG - Marty Havlat (13) Tip-in - ASST: Marian Hossa (29), Wade Redden (14)
2 - 2 Tie
18:14
OTT
PPG - Marty Havlat (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Bonk (23), Marian Hossa (30)
3 - 2 OTT
2nd Period
00:19
OTT
Peter Schaefer (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd White (13), Chris Phillips (11)
4 - 2 OTT
09:47
PIT
PPG - Tom Kostopoulos (7) Tip-in - ASST: Drake Berehowsky (12), Dick Tarnstrom (19)
4 - 3 OTT
16:44
OTT
Peter Schaefer (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd White (14), Daniel Alfredsson (27)
5 - 3 OTT
19:27
OTT
Josh Langfeld (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (16), Marian Hossa (31)
6 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
02:28
PIT
SHG - Brian Holzinger (6) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Meloche (2)
6 - 4 OTT
17:38
PIT
PPG - Dick Tarnstrom (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Holzinger (10), Aleksey Morozov (13)
6 - 5 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
10:54
OTT
Radek Bonk  Slashing against  Brooks Orpik
13:49
OTT
Marty Havlat  Hooking against  Eric Meloche
15:57
PIT
Drake Berehowsky  Roughing against  Peter Schaefer
17:32
PIT
Ryan Malone  Holding against  Bryan Smolinski
18:33
PIT
Kelly Buchberger  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
18:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Kelly Buchberger
2nd Period
02:31
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Cross checking against  Josef Melichar
04:49
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Holding against  Marty Havlat
05:36
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking - Obstruction against  Brian Holzinger
09:39
OTT
Shane Hnidy  Roughing against  Matt Bradley
10:33
PIT
Drake Berehowsky  Hooking - Obstruction against  Daniel Alfredsson
13:26
PIT
Milan Kraft  Holding against  Peter Schaefer
19:46
PIT
Steve McKenna  Roughing against  Peter Schaefer
19:46
PIT
Steve McKenna  Roughing against  Peter Schaefer
3rd Period
00:21
PIT
Dan Focht  Roughing against  Wade Redden
00:21
PIT
Dan Focht  Cross checking
00:21
OTT
Wade Redden  Roughing against  Dan Focht
00:21
OTT
Radek Bonk  Boarding against  Eric Meloche
04:27
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Fighting (maj) against  Steve McKenna
04:27
PIT
Steve McKenna  Fighting (maj) against  Zdeno Chara
05:33
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Slashing against  Chris Neil
13:18
PIT
Kelly Buchberger  Interference against  Karel Rachunek
16:38
OTT
Todd White  Interference - Obstruction against  Eric Meloche
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 23TOI: 39:59
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .739SH: 2 - 2
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 8TOI: 19:49
Saves: 8EV: 6 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Patrick Lalime
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 4
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 3