NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Ottawa
(Monday, October 12th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Tyler Kennedy scored a pair of goals and Marc- Andre Fleury made 30 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal also scored for the Penguins, who have won three in a row and five of six to begin the season. Pittsburgh also snapped a three- game slide against Ottawa.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are 3-0-0 on a four-game road trip, which ends Wednesday at Carolina.
"You have to go out and win games together as a team," said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. "It's killing penalties, it's getting goals from your third line, it's your goaltender coming up big, it's your big guys on certain night and your power plays on other nights. We've been able to do that for this road trip and it's set ourselves up to have a real good road trip."
Milan Michalek had the lone goal for the Senators, who had a three-game win streak broken. Pascal Leclaire let in all four goals on 28 shots in defeat.
Michalek got Ottawa on the scoreboard first, after the Penguins turned the puck over trying to get it out of their own zone. Jason Spezza sent a pass from the right boards to Jonathan Cheechoo in the slot, and Cheechoo sent a backhand pass to Michalek.
Michalek was to the right of the crease, shifted backhand-to-forehand to get the puck around Fleury, then put the puck in net with 4:01 left in the first.
But it was all Penguins after that, as Guerin got Pittsburgh on the board just 39 seconds after Michalek's tally.
Then in the second, Kennedy got his first when he tipped Jay McKee's point pass, and the puck floated past a surprised Leclaire into the net at the 6:16 mark.
Kennedy got his second with just under two minutes left in the middle frame, and Staal made it a 4-1 game midway through the third. Leclaire made a save on Michael Rupp's shot, but couldn't control the puck. Staal scooped it up in front of the crease and lifted it into the goal at 9:54.
"They're a good team, they're riding high," admitted Spezza. "We're a team trying to reestablish ourselves and sometimes you don't get those bounces. I think we did a lot of good things, but there's a lot of things we can learn from. To beat the best team you have to get bounces sometimes, but we didn't get them."
Fleury made 14 saves in the third to seal the victory.
"He's been great all season," Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby said of Fleury. "Great goalies know when the timing is right. Especially early on, he didn't give them a chance to get themselves back in the hockey game. It was great for us. He knows when it's time to step up."
Ottawa has won three of the four matchups with Pittsburgh in each of the last two seasons...Craig Adams had two assists...Ottawa is 2-1-0 on its current four-game homestand, which concludes Thursday against Tampa Bay.
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