NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Ottawa 5 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jarkko Ruutu's goal in the fifth round of the shootout capped a late two-goal rally and sent Pittsburgh past Ottawa, 6-5, at Scotiabank Place.
Ruutu skated in on Senators goaltender Martin Gerber, made a quick fake to the forehand before moving to the backhand and slipping the puck through Gerber's pads.
Ryan Malone tallied twice, while Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy also scored for the Penguins, who won for just the third time in their last 10 outings.
"It shows that never say die attitude that we have," Malone said. "It's a good comeback win for us. We had some success in this rink in the regular season last year so we wanted to show them that we can play them tough here."
Starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals on only four shots before being yanked midway through the first period. Dany Sabourin stopped 29- of-32 shots and stood tall in the shootout to pick up the win.
Jason Spezza netted a pair of goals for the Senators, who have lost three of four, and dropped their third game of the year at home. Chris Phillips, Dany Heatley and Christoph Schubert lit the lamp once each in defeat.
Gerber took the loss by also allowing five goals on 25 shots in regulation.
"It was not my best effort," noted Gerber. "The only good thing I can say is that we at least got a point in the standings."
Schubert picked up his second of the season 64 seconds into the third to give Ottawa a 5-3 edge, but Pittsburgh clawed back to draw even.
Malone struck on the power play which made it 5-4 at 5:56, and Gonchar's blast produced a 5-5 tie at 7:07.
Neither side could produce a game-winning tally in the remainder of regulation or overtime, despite several odd-man rushes.
"It's disappointing we let them back into the game after having a two-goal lead," said Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson. "We had our chances to win the game, so there's no excuses. We have one game at home to recover before we go on the road for a stretch."
Spezza put the Sens on the board a little less than five minutes into the contest, and Phillips added a power-play goal midway through for a 2-0 lead.
Pittsburgh responded as Malkin's breakaway goal with 1:53 left in the period pulled the Pens within 2-1, and Malone's wrister 18 seconds later tied the game.
Sabourin subbed for Fleury to start the second, and the move paid off as Kennedy's turnaround shot with eight minutes played gave the visitors a 3-2 lead.
Spezza netted his second of the game with 5:40 to play to forge a 3-3 deadlock, and Heatley followed to give Ottawa the lead once more, 4-3, less than two minutes later, a lead which the Sens guarded to intermission.
Pittsburgh improved to 2-1 in the shootout this season, while Ottawa fell to 1-1...Spezza recorded his 11th two-goal game.The Senators played without forward Patrick Eaves, who will be sidelined indefinitely after hurting his shoulder Wednesday against Buffalo.
11/23 00:19:10 ET