NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh |
(Friday, November 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley's two goals and Jason Spezza's
goal and two assists helped the Ottawa Senators double up the Pittsburgh
Penguins, 6-3 at Mellon Arena.
Wade Redden recorded a goal and an assist, while Martin Gerber stopped
14-of-17 shots for Ottawa, which put the brakes on a five-game losing skid.
The Senators remained unbeaten in the last eight meetings versus the Penguins.
Maxime Ouellet and Evgeni Malkin notched a goal and one assist, while Maxime
Talbot scored once. Marc-Andre Fleury absorbed the loss despite stopping 38
shots for Pittsburgh, losers of four consecutive games.
Heatley's second goal of the game iced any hopes of a Penguins comeback in the
third period. Holding a tenuous two-goal lead with time ticking away, the
Senators broke in 3-on-2 into the Pittsburgh zone. Spezza dropped a pass to
Daniel Alfredsson, who whipped a cross ice feed to Heatley in the low slot.
Heatley didn't get all of his shot, but the force was enough to knuckle the
puck past Fleury, giving Ottawa a 6-3 advantage with 5:32 left.
"Yeah, this feels real good," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray. "Obviously
we felt like we could have won a couple of other games on this road trip. So
this was a real important effort for us."
Heatley got the all-important first goal just 3:42 into the game, taking a
loose rebound of a Redden chance in the slot, and popping it top shelf just
under the crossbar.
The Pens responded with the man advantage at 7:11, as Malkin and Ouellet
teamed up for a 1-1 tie. Malkin took a feed from Ouellet and camped out
behind Gerber. After a short delay, he faked to one side, and put a feed
right in front for Ouellet, who tapped it home.
Ottawa came right back at 9:50 when Spezza snuck a bad-angle shot from the
bottom of the right circle past Fleury at the near-side post. The 2-1 lead
would stand heading into the first intermission.
Ouellet and Malkin worked their magic again to draw the Pens even at two in
the second. On the power play, Ouellet sent a lead pass from the left wing to
Malkin cutting in at the left faceoff dot, and the rookie winger roofed it
before Gerber could get across.
Ottawa scored twice to break the deadlock in the late stages of the second.
Andrej Meszaros blasted home a failed Pens clearing attempt from the point for
a 3-2 lead at 11:48, then Redden used another point shot through a partial
screen on the power play to boost the Sens to a two-goal margin at 16:12.
The Senators salted away the victory in the final stanza. Peter Schaefer
extended the lead to 5-2 nearly five minutes in, putting a quick wrister by
Fleury from 15 feet out for his first of the season. Talbot struck for a
shorthanded tally at 8:36 to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Penguins were
unable to draw any closer.
"We started on our heels," Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said. "We got caught
watching, and sometimes when you're focused on playing position too much, you
don't move your feet. You assume if you're in position you're doing your job,
but it doesn't work that way."
The Senators have beaten Pittsburgh seven straight times since
2003...Pittsburgh failed to score first for the sixth game in a row...Ottawa
outshot Pittsburgh in every period, 44-17 for the game. The Senators were
1-of-6 on the power play, while the Penguins were 2-of-5.
11/11 00:53:28 ET