Senators Lose 6-3 to Penguins

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If you were arriving late or forgot the game started at 7 eastern, I feel sorry for you because these 2 teams didn’t waste any time.  Just 1:19 in, Kaspars Daugavins grabbed a rebound and put it by Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.  Just 27 seconds later, the Penguins were able to tie it when Sidney Crosby came down the wing,  faked a slapshot and fed Chris Kunitz with a slick pass.  Then, on another offensive rush, Tyler Kennedy sped down the same wing and took a slapshot that Anderson kicked to the corner.  Kennedy grabbed his own rebound and banked it off Anderson’s pads and in from a bad angle and it was 2-1 Penguins less than 4 minutes into the game.  The Penguins weren’t done as on a 5 on 3 power-play, Steve Sullivan’s pass across the front of the net was deflected in by Chris Phillips to make it 3-1.  That goal was quickly followed by Evgeni Malkin dipsy-doing a couple of Sens’ defencemen before snapping it by Anderson and the Penguins had a 4-1 lead with just 9:11 gone in the frame.  Craig Anderson’s night was done after that, as Alex Auld made his way off the bench and into the crease.

The Pens kept coming in the second.  In what looked like a nothing play, Aaron Asham & Pascal Dupuis skated into the Senators zone.  When Asham’s long shot towards the net deflected off Jared Cowen and fell right in front of a wide-open Dupuis, the Pens veteran forward made no mistake shooting it by Alex Auld and making it 5-1.  But the Senators tried to make a game of it.  On a delayed penalty call, Jared Cowen blasted a shot from the point by Fleury for his 2nd goal of the season, cutting the lead to three going into the third.

The final frame got a bit chippy, including a Sidney Crosby elbow to Nick Foligno, before Jordan Staal made it 6-2 to put the game away for good.  6-3 would be the final as the Penguins continued their run of recording at least one point when playing at home to 8 straight games.  The Senators lost for the first time in regulation since November 11 and evened their record at 10-10-2.

This game was over at 9:11 of the first period when Evgeni Malkin chased Craig Anderson from the net.  The Penguins reacted to the early Senator goal exactly the way they should have, by using their speed and skill to put the Senators on their heels and continued pressing until they broke.  The Senators were simply outclassed in this contest as the Penguins superstars were just that, superstars.  Sidney Crosby recorded 3 assists, while Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist.  Tyler Kennedy’s 3 points now puts him at 14 points in 14 career games against Ottawa.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Phillips, Smith, Condra & Daugavins (video)


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