NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Ottawa|
(Thursday, November 19th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Phillips scored a pair of third-period
goals and Pascal Leclaire made 25 saves, as Ottawa blasted Pittsburgh, 6-2, at
Chris Kelly had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who won back-to-back
games for the first time since downing Tampa Bay and Montreal on October 15
and 17, respectively.
Matt Carkner's goal late in the first period started a string of six straight
scores for the hosts with Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo also finding
the back of the net.
Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who had won two in a
row coming in. Marc-Andre Fleury was beaten five times on 24 shots before
giving way to Brent Johnson early in the third period.
"It wasn't pretty, the score definitely showed. It wasn't our best obviously
and we got to do a better job of playing in our end," said Staal.
Staal opened the scoring just 1:09 into the game, charging the net and tipping
home Pascal Dupuis' centering pass, but Carkner's blast from the right circle
off a cross-ice pass from Nick Foligno tied it at 12:16.
Michalek's power-play tally 2 1/2 minutes into the second gave the Senators a
2-1 edge heading into the decisive third, where the hosts potted three goals
in the opening 7:12 -- two of those off the stick of Phillips -- to chase
Fleury and gain a 5-1 lead.
"It was close going into the third...it was nice to get those bounces. We felt
like we were working pretty hard for it. We knew it was a matter of time until
we started to score a few more goals -- and it was a good time to do it," said
Senators forward Mike Fisher, who had three assists.
Cheechoo added his second goal in an Ottawa uniform before Malkin's late
power-play score made up the final margin.
The Pens extended their road losing streak to four games. They began the
season with wins in their first seven tests away from the Steel
City...Pittsburgh will also visit Atlanta and Florida during this three-game
swing...The Sens are 2-0-1 so far on a five-game homestand with tests against
Buffalo and Washington remaining on the residency...The Pens began the season
series against the Sens with a 4-1 victory on October 12. The Penguins have
lost four of five and seven of their last nine against the Senators.
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