OTTAWA - David Perron scored the shootout winner to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby, with two goals, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins (32-15-8) while Thomas Greiss made 29 saves.
Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators (21-22-10), playing their first of a five-game homestand. Robin Lehner, making his career-high seventh consecutive start, stopped 25 shots.
Down 3-0 to start the third period, the Senators made an impressive comeback to tie the game 4-4 late in the period.
After struggling to find a way to beat Greiss, Zibanejad got Ottawa on the board after taking a nice pass from Bobby Ryan.
Ryan picked up his second assist of the night as he and Hoffman worked the give-and-go, culminating with Hoffman's 18th of the season.
Crosby regained the two-goal lead as he saw a loose puck in Lehner's legs and pushed it in.
Ottawa went on to score goals 13 seconds apart to tie the game as Stone took a Turris pass from in close and then Turris scored through Greiss' pads to make it 4-4.
Despite numerous opportunities in the second period the Senators were unable to beat Greiss.
Ryan was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down by Letang. Ryan had a great move, but Greiss read it well and made the stop.
Shortly after, Erik Karlsson fired a shot that bounced off Greiss' head and fell behind him, but the Penguins netminder somehow managed to keep it out of the net. Greiss then stopped Karlsson from in close.
The Penguins added to the Senators frustration as Malkin scored from the faceoff circle to make it 3-0.
The Penguins opened the scoring 61 seconds into the game as Letang beat Lehner on a wraparound.
Crosby picked up his 18th of the season after taking a great pass from Rob Scuderi and rifled a shot past Lehner to take a 2-0 lead midway through the period.
Notes??? C Jean-Gabriel Pageau and D Patrick Wiercioch were healthy scratches for Ottawa. G Craig Anderson (hand) and D Chris Phillips (maintenance) are day-to-day for the Senators. C Zack Smith skated for the first time since injuring his wrist in December. D Christian Ehrhoff and RW Steve Downie were healthy scratches for Pittsburgh.