NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh
(Monday, October 18th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu each had a goal and an assist to power Pittsburgh past Ottawa, 5-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang netted the other goals and Mike Comrie had two helpers for the Penguins, who have won three straight games.
Brent Johnson turned away 32 shots to improve to 4-0-0 on the season for the hosts, who have taken two in a row at home after dropping their first three games in their gleaming new arena.
Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Campoli scored, while Brian Elliott was charged with the loss after allowing five goals on 22 shots in less than two periods before being replaced by Robin Lehner, who stopped all seven shots he faced for the Senators, who are 0-3-1 on the road this season.
"I thought at times they were physically too much for us," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston. "Whether it was competing for pucks or just getting pushed off pucks, we didn't battle in those areas whether it was in the corners or the front of the net. If there was a loose puck, they seemed to be on it."
Elliott turned away Chris Kunitz from the right doorstep and a Malkin follow up shot from the top of the crease before Letestu tallied less than a minute later on the man advantage to start the onslaught.
Paul Martin kept a clearing attempt in at the left point and sent the puck down low to Comrie, who found Letestu between the circles. The rookie centerman wristed a shot into the top right corner past Elliott to put the hosts on the board 8:39 into the game.
The Penguins cashed in on another power play chance a little more than five minutes later when Crosby played Alex Goligoski's missed shot off the back boards and slid it past Elliott from the right of the crease.
Pittsburgh made it 3-0 with 2:58 left in the period. The puck was kicked toward the net off a faceoff when a diving Malkin swiped it by Elliott from the left side of the net just outside the crease.
Ottawa got on the board with a power play tally 5:40 into the middle session as Alfredsson wristed a shot through a screen over the glove of Johnson and into the top right corner.
The Pens got the goal back 4 1/2 minutes later. Crosby put on the brakes after crossing the blue line and found the trailer Ben Lovejoy, who had a slapshot blocked to the side of the net. Dupuis tried a cross-ice pass to Chris Kunitz that deflected off the stick of an Ottawa defenseman past Elliott.
Letang's slapshot from the mid-point deflected off the stick of Jarkko Ruutu and fluttered past Elliott to make it a 5-1 game just 25 seconds later and chase the netminder from the contest.
The Sens trimmed the lead to 5-2 with 15:41 left when Campoli blistered a slapper from the top of the left circle into the upper right corner over the glove of Johnson.
Mike Fisher was denied on a shorthanded breakaway with 10 1/2 minutes to play when Johnson poked the puck off his stick and covered up. Campoli had a chance to draw the Sens within a pair but missed an open net with just more than five minutes to play.
"It's really nice to play with the lead," Johnson said. "I thought in the third period, they (Ottawa) came out looking for every opportunity they could to go to the net. Our penalty killing was really good. We need to just keep rolling, that's all that matters."
Pittsburgh fired 17 shots on net in the first period, nine on the power play, but mustered just 12 shots over the final two periods...Goligoski has a point in all seven games to match the longest scoring streak in his career...Malkin has 11 goals and eight assists in 17 career games against Ottawa, while Crosby tallied just his third career goal against the Sens in 18 matches...Johnson beat Ottawa for the seventh time in his career...Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik missed his fifth straight game with a groin injury...Elliott lost for the first time in four meetings against the Penguins...Alfredsson has 19 goals and 54 points in 56 career games against the Pens.
10/18 23:51:41 ET