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Ottawa Senators 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Ottawa Senators 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL
Ottawa Senators 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost more games in a row than any team in NHL history. What they don't have is the record to prove it.

Martin Havlat scored three goals, two late in the game during a four-point day, and the NHL-leading Ottawa Senators ran Pittsburgh's winless streak to a club record-tying 18 straight by winning 6-3 Sunday.

Milan Kraft and Ryan Malone scored in the second period as Pittsburgh tied it after trailing 2-0 and 3-1, but the Penguins still lost their 18th in a row (0-17-0-1) _ the most ever by an NHL team. The streak won't make the record book because of an overtime loss Feb. 14 in St. Louis; the record 17-game streaks by the Capitals (1975) and Sharks (1993) included only regulation losses.

``If you start looking at that, you'll lose focus,'' defenseman Brooks Orpik said. ``You can get so caught up in it, it becomes a distraction. I'm just disappointed that we keep making the same mistakes over and over.''

The Penguins did extend their record home losing streak to 14, three more than any other team in NHL history. Their 18-game winless streak is 12 off the league record of 30 by Winnipeg in 1980-81, but ties the team record set when they went 0-17-1 from Jan. 2-Feb. 10, 1983.

Ottawa overcame a mid-game lapse to take first place in the NHL's overall standings with 81 points, moving past the idle Red Wings, Flyers and Maple Leafs, who have 80 points apiece.

``It's tight and it will be right to the end,'' Senators coach Jacques Martin said. ``It is a logjam.''

Chris Neil put Ottawa back into the lead at 4-3 by jamming the puck past Jean-Sebastien Aubin during a scramble in front of the net late in the second period, helping the Senators remain unbeaten in regulation over their last nine games (6-0-1-2). Havlat scored twice in the final 3:33, including an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining.

Malone put a hard hit on Havlat after that, and Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk yelled toward Ottawa's bench as the game ended, causing both teams to hang around the ice for a few extra seconds. The Penguins were upset because Havlat camped out at the blue line and wasn't involved in the defensive end before scoring into the empty net.

``Everybody knows we're losing games,'' Orpik said. ``If that's the way he wants to get a hat trick, good for him. He can think anything he wants to think. The way he went about it, that was his choice, but it will catch up to him sooner or later.''

Havlat insisted he was more concerned about getting the two points for the victory than a 24th goal for himself.

``We had a quick lead, 2-0, but we had problems with concentration the whole game,'' he said. ``The last time we played them (Jan. 22), we were up 6-3 but they came back and had a pretty good chance to tie in the last seconds. We did a much better job at the end this time.''

After Ottawa's three-goal first period, Kraft made it 3-2 early in the second with his 12th goal and Malone tied it at 17:05 with an excellent move, skating around Jason Spezza by faking as if he would shift the puck from forehand to backhand as he accelerated across the blue line.

Characteristically for the Penguins during their longest losing run in their 37-year history, they gave up the go-ahead goal just over a minute later as Aubin couldn't prevent Neil from pushing the puck across the goal line off a Peter Bondra rebound. The officials didn't immediately signal a goal, but video replays clearly showed the puck crossing the line.

``The puck was just lying there and I just kind of kept whacking at it until it went in,'' Neil said. ``I saw it cross the line and that's when I stopped whacking.''

Antoine Vermette, Havlat and Chris Phillips scored in the first for Ottawa, which finished 2-1-1 against Pittsburgh. Havlat assisted on Phillips' third goal of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:14
OTT
Antoine Vermette (5) Slapshot - ASST: Karel Rachunek (15), Serge Payer (1)
1 - 0 OTT
05:16
OTT
Marty Havlat (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Langfeld (8)
2 - 0 OTT
16:48
PIT
PPG - Aleksey Morozov (8) Tip-in - ASST: Richard Jackman (6), Matt Bradley (5)
2 - 1 OTT
18:53
OTT
Chris Phillips (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Havlat (29), Josh Langfeld (9)
3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
01:52
PIT
Milan Kraft (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Konstantin Koltsov (17)
3 - 2 OTT
17:05
PIT
Ryan Malone (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Rob Scuderi (1)
3 - 3 Tie
18:01
OTT
Chris Neil (6) Slapshot - ASST: Peter Bondra (15), Marian Hossa (39)
4 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
16:27
OTT
Marty Havlat (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (26)
5 - 3 OTT
19:46
OTT
EN - Marty Havlat (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Karel Rachunek (16)
6 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:59
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
10:16
OTT
Marty Havlat  Diving against  Richard Jackman
10:16
PIT
Richard Jackman  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
15:05
OTT
Josh Langfeld  Interference against  Brooks Orpik
19:48
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Focht
19:48
PIT
Dan Focht  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
04:11
PIT
Josef Melichar  Slashing against  Zdeno Chara
08:42
OTT
Marian Hossa  Tripping against  Rico Fata
15:38
OTT
Chris Neil  Elbowing against  Milan Kraft
15:43
PIT
Matt Murley  Hi-sticking against  Zdeno Chara
18:45
OTT
Serge Payer  Roughing against  Rico Fata
18:45
PIT
Rico Fata  Roughing against  Serge Payer
3rd Period
10:04
PIT
Rico Fata  Interference against  Curtis Leschyshyn
goalie stats
Martin Prusek
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 33TOI: 58:37
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .848SH: 1 - 1