NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, December 13th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
Dany Heatley also scored twice while Martin Gerber had 26 saves for the Senators, who have won four straight.
Tyler Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who were coming off an embarrassing 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Dany Sabourin allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.
With the game tied, Ottawa took a 2-1 lead 5:43 into the third period. On the power play, Christoph Schubert unleashed a wrister from the high slot and the puck trickled past Sabourin near the left post. An alert Spezza quickly tapped the loose disc over the goal line for his seventh tally of the campaign.
The Senators used another power-play goal to extend their lead to 3-1 with 7:41 remaining in the contest. Joe Corvo's slap shot from the point slipped behind Sabourin and Heatley managed to outmuscle a Pittsburgh defender and knock the puck home.
"Sometimes you want to keep it simple," said Ottawa coach John Paddock, referring to the power play. "It's not always going to work where you get point shots and you get goals, but that's what happen. Obviously it was good timing. I complained about our point shots getting blocked lately, but again we got big goals especially in the third period, and that's probably the seventh or eighth time this season that they have come through in the third period."
With time winding down, the Pens pulled Sabourin with a little less then a minute left, but Spezza sealed Ottawa's victory with an empty-net goal.
"You have to give credit to Gerber," said Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien. "This is what good teams are capable of doing, even sometimes when they get outplayed. A goalie stands up for the team and gives them some life, and they capitalize on their chances. That is what happened tonight. They capitalized on their power play chances, and that was the story of the game."
After a scoreless opening period, Kennedy gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 14:29 of the second stanza. Evgeni Malkin's wrist shot from the slot was stopped but Kennedy crashed the net and slammed home the rebound.
Pittsburgh's lead was short lived as Ottawa tallied less than two minutes after Kennedy scored with Heatley's 17th goal of the season.
Ottawa defeated Pittsburgh for the first time in the last five meetings in the regular season but has won eight of its last 10 at the Igloo....Andrej Meszaros ended with two assists for the Senators...Ottawa ended 2-for-3 on the power play while the Penguins did not score in three chances with the man advantage.
12/13 23:42:48 ET