PENGUINS DEFEAT SENATORS IN OVERTIME SHOOTOUT, 4-3
An old friend returned Sunday night to visit the Penguins at Mellon Arena - the overtime shootout.
After winning their last two games in regulation, the Penguins proved Sunday night they still could dominate in the overtime shootout. Jarkko Ruutu scored Pittsburgh's lone goal and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all three Ottawa shots to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory.
The Penguins (41-21-10) have now won nine of their last 10 overtime shootouts this season.
Max Talbot got the Penguins on the scoreboard with 9:16 left in the first period. On a 3-on-2, Talbot sent a pass to the right wing to Colby Armstrong. He dumped the puck back to Sergei Gonchar in the slot. He sent a pass across to Talbot, who had circled to the right side of the goal. Talbot drilled the puck into the net.
Ottawa retaliated 26 seconds later when Antoine Vermette punched in a rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Sidney Crosby found the back of the net 4:03 into the second period. Ryan Whitney sent a pass to Crosby. He flipped a backhander past Ray Emery to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Evgeni Malkin added an assist on the play.
Daniel Alfredsson deflected a shot past Fleury to knot the game at 2-all 1:01 later.
Whitney rifled a slap-shot for a power-play goal with 2:55 remaining in the second for a 3-2 Penguins advantage. Crosby and Gonchar earned assists on the power-play goal. Gonchar, at the middle of the blue line, sent a pass to Crosby along the far boards. He fired a pass across to Whitney on the near wing. He settled the puck and shot it on goal. It deflected off Emery and into the net.
Wade Redden found the back of the net to tie the game at 3-all with 4:53 to play.
In the shootout, Emery stopped Erik Christensen and Sidney Crosby, while Fleury turned aside Mike Comrie, Dean McAmmond and Antoine Vermette.
Fleury stopped 32 shots in goal to earn the win.
The Penguins return to action Monday night in New York against the Rangers.
ICE CHIPS: Lawrence Nycholat, Brian McGrattan and Oleg Saprykin were the Senators' scratches...Mark Eaton, Joel Kwiatkowski, Chris Thorburn, Ronald Petrovicky and Nils Ekman were the Penguins' scratches...The announced attendance was 17,132...Sidney Crosby (No. 1), Ryan Whitney (No. 2) and Sergei Gonchar (No. 3) were the game's three stars.