SENATORS UPEND PENGUINS, 6-3
The Ottawa Senators held off the Penguins for a 6-3 win Friday night at Mellon Arena.
The loss was the fourth-straight for the Penguins (7-5-2), who have nonetheless picked up at least one point in seven of their last nine games.
"Nobody showed up. Besides Eric Cairns, there is not one guy who showed up - I don't know what to say. It was a big game for us. The crowd was unreal, sold out. How could you not show up? I hope it's not their character," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "We got away from our system. We don't play well when we don't have the puck. We gave up way too many shots and way too many scoring chances.
"The guys are going to have to realize they are going to have to put out a team effort and pay attention to detail and start working hard. We have some guys who seem to be really comfortable out there," he continued. "Early in the season, we took a lot of pride in our work ethic and the way we played in our system and we had a lot of success. Now, not much is going on. Everyone has to do their job."
Dany Heatley one-timed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury 3:42 into the contest to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.
Michel Ouellet tied it for the Penguins with 12:49 left in the period. Working a give-and-go with Evgeni Malkin, Ouellet fed a pass to Malkin behind the net and skated hard to the crease. Malkin flipped the puck back to Ouellet and he swatted it past Martin Gerber for a power-play goal. Ryan Whitney added an assist on the play.
Jason Spezza put the Senators up, 2-1, with 10:10 remaining. Spezza, the extra attacker on a delayed penalty, fired the puck past Fleury on the near side.
Malkin tied the game 6:11 into the second period with his eighth goal of his rookie campaign. Sidney Crosby dished a pass to Ouellet, who crossed in front of Crosby in the slot. He dished the puck to Malkin on the left wing and he wristed it past Gerber for a power-play goal.
Andrej Meszaros rifled a shot past Fleury for a 3-2 lead with 8:12 left in the second period.
Wade Redden wristed a power-play goal into the net for a 4-2 Senators advantage with 3:48 remaining in the period.
Peter Schaefer put Ottawa up, 5-2, 4:55 into the third period.
Max Talbot gave Pittsburgh a spark with a short-handed goal 8:36 into the period. He stole the puck on the near side, broke down the wing on a 1-on-2, swung around a defender and flipped the puck through Gerber.
Heatley put the game away with a goal with 5:32 remaining.
Ottawa maintained a 44-17 edge in shots for the contest.
ICE CHIPS: Andre Roy and Chris Thorburn were the Penguins' scratches...Ray Emery and Denis Hamel were Ottawa's scratches...The announced attendance was a standing room-only sellout 17,052...Dany Heatley (No. 1), Jason Spezza (No. 2) and Chris Neil (No. 3) were the three stars.