Senators Lose 2-1 (SO) to Penguins

In a game many people would term “sloppy” or “without structure,” the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a 2-game losing streak by defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in shootout.  Yes, there were many scoring chances, many big saves and a few big hits but they were outnumbered by the constant turnovers, the errant passes and the lack of execution.

A failed outlet pass by the Senators resulted in the Pens first goal when Evgeni Malkin fed James Neal.  Malkin returned the favour in the second period when he allowed the puck to go through his skates and land on the stick of Jason Spezza. A rebound by Colin Greening and the game was tied.

So, fittingly, this game went to a shootout.  What was different was that the goaltenders that had only allowed 1 goal all night long were beaten 5 times out of 6.  Unfortunately for the Senators, it wasn’t Craig Anderson that made the only save.  Milan Michalek’s attempt to go 5-hole was the only attempt that was stopped.  Jason Spezza & Kyle Turris were successful, as were James Neal, Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin.

2-1 was the final. The Senators lose their 2nd straight game after starting the season 3-0.  Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with the flu but is expected to play on Tuesday night against the Capitals. Guillaume Latendresse returned from injury and played on a line with Kyle Turris & Jakob Silfverberg.

Coach Paul MacLean’s assessment of his team and whether he is disappointed with just the 1 point.

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Sidney Crosby on snapping their 2-game losing streak and whether tonight’s game was sloppy.

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