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Thursday, February 2nd (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (34-12-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (12-31-10), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to end a two-game skid tonight when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.

The Sens have dropped tilts to Boston and New Jersey during the lull, following three consecutive wins. On Wednesday they lost a 5-3 tilt in New Jersey, as Zach Parise, Grant Marshall and Sergei Brylin tallied a goal and an assist apiece.

Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves registered a goal and an assist each and Dominik Hasek stopped 25 shots for Ottawa. Dany Heatley also notched his 32nd tally of the season for the Senators.

The Senators, with 72 points, currently sit six points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the best record in the Eastern Conference and the NHL overall.

Ottawa, which has not lost three consecutive games all season, will visit Buffalo on Saturday.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost its last three matches after ending a 10-game slide. On Wednesday the Pens dropped a 3-1 tilt to the host Rangers, after being pounded, 7-1, by the Blueshirts last Saturday. In Wednesday's contest, Steve Rucchin registered a goal and an assist to lead New York.

Mark Recchi scored the Penguins' only goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shot for Pittsburgh, which has lost 13 of its last 14 games. Fleury also assisted on Recchi's power-play tally.

The Pens, who are 7-15-5 on home ice, will host the NY Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

Ottawa went 2-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) against Pittsburgh during the 2003-04 season and plays the Pens for the first time in 05-06.

02/02 10:23:57 ET


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