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Aftermath: Senators 4, Penguins 1

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Photos:  Senators 4, Penguins 1

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Postgame:  Bylsma | Crosby
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The Penguins opened the game strong and were in charge early. Pittsburgh took an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game and threatened to blow it open.

The Senators pulled even at the midpoint of the first period, and took the lead just three minutes later. Ottawa slowly took control of the contest and really put the Penguins in a hole after taking a 3-1 lead four minutes into the third.

The Senators controlled the play in the offensive zone for much of the night and the Penguins suffered because of it.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -Brian Elliot made 30 saves to win his sixth consecutive start and the Ottawa Senators tied a club record with their eighth straight win, 4-1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Penguins center Jordan Staal became the youngest player in NHL history to appear in 300 games against the Senators
(photo by Getty)
What Went Well: Fast Start
The Penguins wanted to establish their game early and build some momentum. They cashed in with a goal just 1:34 after puck drop. Pittsburgh came out strong and took it to the Senators early.

What Could Have Gone Better: Controlling Rebounds
Ottawa scored two goals on rebound opportunities. The Penguins have been brilliant lately at clearing away rebounds and keeping their crease clean. The Senators were able to exploit a few chances and converted them into scores.
Mark Eaton played a solid game for Pittsburgh. He finished as the only Penguin out of the red with a plus-1 rating. He took a team-high (tied) five shots while logging 20:22 minutes of ice time. Eaton was rewarded with some extended shifts on the power play.  Eaton looked comfortable and made the right reads at the point on the power play.
The Penguins struck first in the contest. The Penguins made a play at the blue line to keep the puck in the Ottawa zone. Ruslan Fedotenko pushed the rubber down the near wall. Nick Johnson hit Malkin in the lower circle. Malkin whipped a shot into the top corner two minutes into the first period. Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0.

The Senators pulled even halfway through the opening frame. Nick Foligno sent a shot on the Pittsburgh net. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the save but Mike Fisher – Mr. Carrie Underwood – scooped up the rebound and flipped it into the goal. Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 1.

Ottawa took the lead at the 13:39 mark of the first period. Former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu threw a shot on net from the near faceoff dot. The puck squeezed through Fleury and fell loose in the crease. Chris Kelly jammed the puck over the goal line. Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1.

Ottawa increased its lead with a goal four minutes into the third period. Jason Spezza had the puck on the near halfwall. He worked a give-and-go with Milan Michalek, recollecting the puck at the top of the circle. Spezza ripped a shot that eluded Fleury for the score. Ottawa 3, Pittsburgh 1.

The Senators sealed the victory on Filigno’s empty-net score. Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 1.
The Penguins played the contest without forwards Eric Godard and Tyler Kennedy and defenseman Alex Goligoski. Bill Guerin returned to the lineup for Pittsburgh, and the Penguins recalled forwards Chris Conner and Nick Johnson.
> Pittsburgh dropped to 33-21-1 on the season with a 15-10-1 mark at Mellon Arena.
> Scoring Summary:
PIT, E.Malkin (19), 1:34 1st period: Penguins 1, Senators 0
OTT, M.Fisher (18), 10:06 1st period: Penguins 1, Senators 1
OTT, C.Kelly (10), 13:39 1st period: Senators 2, Penguins 1
OTT, J.Spezza (8), 4:27 3rd period: Senators 3, Penguins 1
OTT, N.Foligno EN (8), 18:32 3rd period: Senators 4, Penguins 1

> The Penguins are now 51-24-5 in the regular season since head coach Dan Bylsma took over. They have a record of 25-11-2 at Mellon Arena.

> The Penguins are now 10-7-2 all time in their blue jerseys, including a 6-3 mark this season.

> Pittsburgh has successfully killed their last 16 penalties against, and 21 of its last 24.

> Ruslan Fedotenko assisted on Pittsburgh’s first goal for his 300th career NHL point

> Jordan Staal played in his 300th career NHL game. At 21 years, 140 days Staal is the youngest player in NHL history to play in his 300th game (Patrick Marleau, 21 years, 167 days).
1. J. Spezza
2. B. Elliott
3. E. Malkin
"To have 300 games under your belt at
such a young age –
there is a long road ahead
of that kid and some good hockey."

- Dan Bylsma on Jordan Staal


Author: Sam Kasan

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