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Penguins 8, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 8, Senators 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 8

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Evgeni Malkin put on a show for Hall of Famer Vladislav Tretiak.

With Tretiak, the former Soviet goalie now serving as Russia's Olympic hockey general manager, looking on Wednesday night, Malkin had his fourth career hat trick to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 8-2.

Malkin's parents became minor celebrities in Pittsburgh in recent years, and the reigning league scoring champion seemed to have some of his better games when they were at Mellon Arena - and he always credited them afterward.

"He's a good guy and of course a good goalie," Malkin said. "Maybe he can come the next game; it's good luck for me."

Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz tied a club record with four points apiece during Pittsburgh's five-goal second period, when Ruslan Fedotenko also scored.

Sergei Gonchar added a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby three assists for the Penguins (26-11-1), who tied a season high for goals and matched New Jersey with 53 points to head into the holiday break tied atop the NHL standings.

"In a game like this a couple guys will have big nights and that's good to see," said Guerin, who had his first four-point game in almost three years.

The game couldn't have gone worse for the Senators, who are expected to be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for at least a few weeks after he left late in the first period with a left shoulder injury.

"I'll probably see the doctor (Thursday) and do an X-ray and see what the damage is," said Alfredsson, whose arm was in a sling. "But I expect at least a few weeks."

The loss of the team's career leader in virtually every relevant category and longest-serving captain in the league came on a night Ottawa welcomed back three regulars to the lineup after extended absences: goalie Pascal Leclaire (fractured cheekbone, out 15 games), winger Chris Neil (left knee, 14 games) and winger Shean Donovan (right knee, 17 games).

The Penguins' Craig Adams hit Alfredsson while his head was down and he was battling for the puck with a Penguin in the left-wing corner, causing Alfredsson's helmet to fly off and him to lay on the ice for a short time.

Adams was not penalized, and the Senators clearly were not pleased with that. Coach Cory Clouston tersely declined comment repeatedly when asked what he thought of the hit and whether it should have drawn a penalty.

Anton Volchenkov and Chris Kelly scored for Ottawa, which has lost four of six.

"(Alfredsson's) a big loss," said Leclaire, who was pulled during the second intermission after allowing six goals on 24 shots. "He's definitely our leader and a key player on our team. It seems we're getting the injury bug a little... but we have some good guys in here. We all have to step it up a little bit."

Malkin had only two goals in his previous 10 games and was held off the score sheet in each of his past two but had his first multiple-goal regular-season game since March 17 against Atlanta.

Malkin scored once in each period, the first and last off nice setups by Crosby.

"Sid made good passes to me twice and the power play played good tonight," Malkin said. "We played very well the whole game."

The Penguins, on a 9-2-1 run, entered the game with the league's worst power play, but went 3-for-8 with an extra man, scoring three power-play goals for the second time this season.

Guerin had two of them in the second period and assisted on tallies by Malkin and Kunitz during that period.

"It was frustrating and embarrassing," Ottawa alternate captain Mike Fisher said. "It seemed like every mistake we made, they made us pay."

Even before the hit on Alfredsson, the Senators already were ornery with officiating. Tuesday, general manager Bryan Murray called the league to complain after the team did not have a power play during a game for the third time this season on Monday.

Ottawa was given six opportunities Wednesday - not converting any. The Senators sent 47 shots at goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. It was the third time this season they had at least that many shots, but they have only a combined four goals in those contests and lost each.

In a game that included a hat trick and eight goals, the winning team's goalie was named the No. 1 star.

"A score like that you don't expect to see 40-plus (opponent) shots on the board," Crosby said. "(Fleury) saw a lot of rubber for a score like that. He stayed sharp."

NOTES: Ottawa had 24 shots during the first period, one shy of the record for a visiting team against the Penguins. ... The previous high for most shots allowed by the Penguins under coach Dan Bylsma was 45. ... There were 22 previous occurrences of a Penguins player having four points in a period.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:37
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (11) ASST: Sidney Crosby (22), Sergei Gonchar (16)
1 - 0 PIT
13:05
OTT
Anton Volchenkov (3) ASST: Peter Regin (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:03
PIT
PPG - Bill Guerin (10) ASST: Chris Kunitz (12), Sergei Gonchar (17)
2 - 1 PIT
07:35
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko (7) ASST: Jordan Staal (12), Maxime Talbot (3)
3 - 1 PIT
11:25
PIT
Chris Kunitz (5) ASST: Bill Guerin (14)
4 - 1 PIT
13:57
PIT
PPG - Bill Guerin (11) ASST: Sidney Crosby (23), Chris Kunitz (13)
5 - 1 PIT
18:27
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (12) ASST: Chris Kunitz (14), Bill Guerin (15)
6 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
01:43
PIT
Sergei Gonchar (5) ASST: Matt Cooke (9), Jordan Staal (13)
7 - 1 PIT
06:33
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (13) ASST: Sidney Crosby (24)
8 - 1 PIT
18:09
OTT
Chris Kelly (4) ASST: Jesse Winchester (6), Jonathan Cheechoo (7)
8 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:11
OTT
Chris Phillips  Holding against  Chris Kunitz
05:01
PIT
Mike Rupp  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
09:09
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
15:30
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko  Roughing against  Ryan Shannon
15:51
OTT
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Craig Adams
18:03
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko  Slashing against  Chris Phillips
18:42
OTT
Jonathan Cheechoo  Boarding against  Kris Letang
2nd Period
00:50
OTT
Jonathan Cheechoo  Hi-sticking against  Evgeni Malkin
02:43
OTT
Chris Neil  Charging against  Sergei Gonchar
02:43
PIT
Mike Rupp  Unsportsmanlike conduct
08:16
PIT
Jay McKee  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
12:27
OTT
Shean Donovan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
3rd Period
00:03
PIT
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
00:03
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
00:51
PIT
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
00:51
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
04:30
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Holding against  Ryan Shannon
08:11
OTT
Shean Donovan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Cooke
08:11
OTT
Shean Donovan  Misconduct (10 min)
09:18
PIT
Bill Guerin  Too many men/ice - bench
13:42
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Tripping against  Evgeni Malkin
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 12TOI: 20:00
Saves: 10EV: 5 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 24TOI: 39:39
Saves: 18EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 47TOI: 59:48
Saves: 45EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0