NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson's goal with 3.2 seconds
left in overtime lifted Ottawa to a 4-3 comeback victory over Pittsburgh
at Mellon Arena.
Alfredsson gained control of the puck in the low slot after Andrej Meszaros
dished off behind his back. The Sens captain fanned on his initial shot, a
forehander, but took two more strides and lifted a backhander past Ty Conklin
just inside the left post.
"It's something to build on," said Ottawa head coach John Paddock. "How often
do you come back from being down 3-0? We always felt in the new NHL, no lead
is safe. We'll all be a little bit looser come practice tomorrow to get ready
for the Maple Leafs."
The goal was a particularly crushing blow for the Penguins, who had a trio of
odd-man-rushes in the extra session and saw a pair of chances in the previous
minute ring off the post.
Dany Heatley scored twice to reach 30 goals for the season and Cory Stillman
once for the Senators, who overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the second
time in the last three games.
Ray Emery got stronger as the game progressed, earning the win by making 32
Petr Sykora, Colby Armstrong and Jeff Taffe tallied for the Penguins, whose
three-game win streak ended. Conklin made 24 stops in the loss.
With the extra point for the overtime loss, Pittsburgh moves within one point
of New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead. The Devils moved ahead of the
Penguins with a 4-2 win over the Islanders earlier Saturday.
The Pens capitalized on an early power-play, as Sykora rifled home his 20th
goal of the season 1:47 into the contest.
Armstrong made it 2-0 with a cannon shot from the right wing 4:09 into the
second, and Taffe gave Pittsburgh a three-goal lead at 10:20 when he roofed
the puck over a fallen Emery.
Stillman picked up his second goal in as many games when he followed a loose
puck through the crease and tapped it in from the right side at 12:47, and
Heatley made it 3-2 with 2:46 to go when he netted his own rebound.
Heatley struck again to tie the game, 3-3, 6:09 into the third, as he was
alone in front to send home a feed from Randy Robitaille.
"We let it slip away," Pens forward Ryan Malone lamented. "All those power
plays early on, we had to bury one more and that was the difference."
Ottawa has won the last two meetings after dropping the previous four...Six of
the game's seven penalties went to the Senators...Heatley reached the 30-goal
plateau for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in his
career...Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin had a 10-game point streak
snapped....The clubs meet once more in the regular season, March 1 in
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