KITCHENER, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins turned the tables on the Ottawa Senators Monday night, coasting to a 5-1 win in the championship game of the Kitchener Rookie Tournament at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.
The win came one day after the Senators posted a 3-0 win against the Penguins in the round robin portion of the competition. Both teams finished the tournament with 3-1 records.
Monday’s contest featured a more formidable lineup for Pittsburgh, as third-year pros Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone rejoined the team after sitting out as healthy scratches on Sunday.
Their reintroductions made an almost immediate impact, as Dustin Jeffrey took a Stone pass and chipped in a shot from the top of the crease just 1:43 into the game to give the second-ranked Penguins the early lead.
Joe Jensen, who skated alongside Stone and Filewich in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) last season, stretched the lead 20 minutes later, rifling a one-timer off a Tim Wallace feed.
Matt Caria tallied with 2:38 left in the second period to give the Penguins a comfortable cushion, and Alex Grant added his team-high third goal of the tournament five minutes into the final frame.
Jensen added his second of the evening three minutes later to finish off the Pittsburgh scoring.
John Curry was nearly perfect between the pipes for the Penguins, stopping the first 18 shots he faced before Ilya Zubov spoiled the shutout with just under 10 minutes to play.
Scoring: 1. PIT – Jeffrey (Stone, Filewich) 1:43
Penalties: PIT – Boogaard (Fighting) 0:05; OTT – Gallant (Fighting) 0:05; PIT – Kennedy (Hooking) 4:25; OTT – Gallant (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 9:32; OTT – McKenzie (Hooking) 14:53; OTT – Johnson (Hooking) 16:06
Scoring: 2. PIT – Jensen (Letestu, Wallace) 2:37; 3. PIT – Caria (Caputi) 17:22
Penalties: OTT – Zubov (Hooking) 4:37; PIT – Muzzin (Goaltender Interference) 6:30
Scoring: 4. PIT – Grant (Kennedy, Jensen) 5:01; 5. PIT – Jensen (Letestu) 8:07; 6. OTT – Zubov (Weller, Lee) 10:03
Penalties: PIT – Grant (Boarding) 0:31; OTT - McKenzie (High Sticking) 3:01; OTT – Foligno (Slashing) 10:03; PIT – Letang (Roughing) 10:03; PIT – Lovejoy (Tripping) 11:12; PIT – Bortuzzo (Cross Checking) 18:33
SHOTS 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
PIT 20 15 10 45
OTT 9 7 4 20
SCORING 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
PIT 1 2 2 5
OTT 0 0 1 1