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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh



(Wednesday, March 1)

Final Score: Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 3

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley scored a goal and added an assist each, as the Ottawa Senators edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at Mellon Arena.

Peter Schaefer and Brian Pothier also scored for the Senators, who kicked off their post-Olympic schedule with a victory.

Ray Emery made 27 saves in place of starter Dominik Hasek, who sustained a strained adductor muscle in the Czech Republic's opening game against Germany during the Olympics.

John LeClair and Jani Rita scored a goal and had an assist apiece for the Penguins, who had won two straight games before the Olympic break.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 26 shots in defeat.

Ottawa grabbed a 1-0 edge 6:36 into the opening period on Schaefer's 14th goal of the season. Mike Fisher shot a wrister from the right circle that Fleury kicked out to Schaefer at the left side of the net and he buried the rebound.

Alfredsson, who was a gold-medal winner for Sweden at the 2006 Winter Games, gave the Senators a 2-0 lead 5:05 into the middle session. On the power play, Andrej Meszaros ripped a slap shot from the blueline that Fleury stopped, but Alfredsson controlled the rebound in front and slid the puck past his glove side.

Pothier's wrist shot from the left point sailed past Fleury on his glove side for a power-play goal and 3-0 Ottawa lead with 5:48 left in the second stanza. Heatley's 35th goal of the season with 3:22 to go in the second gave the Sens a four-goal lead.

"It would have been devastating to lose (after coming back from the Olympic break)," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray. "This was a nice win."

Pittsburgh netted three goals in the final frame to make things interesting.

The Penguins finally got on the board as LeClair tallied a power-play goal 6:18 in.

Andre Roy then found a loose puck in front with 6:14 left in the contest and whacked the disc past Emery. Just 33 seconds later, Rita took a pass from LeClair and sent a backhand in front past Emery on his stick side to make it a one-goal game.

"The emotion was back (in the third period) and the good thing was we didn't quit," said Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien.

After Rita's goal, Ottawa tightened things up defensively, and didn't allow Pittsburgh another quality scoring chance the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Ottawa is 3-0 against the Pens this season, and 8-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last 10 meetings overall...Alfredsson's goal was his 35th of the season...The Sens will host Washington on Thursday before embarking on a five-game road trip...Colby Armstrong had two assists for Pittsburgh...Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Pens were 1-for-6.

03/01 22:58:42 ET


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