PENGUINS EDGE SENATORS IN SHOOTOUT
The Penguins went 3-for-3 in the shootout and Evgeni Malkin scored the clinching shootout goal, as the Penguins edged the Ottawa Senators, 2-1 on Sunday night.
James Neal (1) scored in regulation and in the shootout, and Sidney Crosby also scored in the shootout as the Penguins improve to 3-2-0, 6 pts, on the season through five games.
In a close defensive game that lacked a lot of up and down play until the final minutes of the game, the Penguins got excellent goaltending from Marc Andre Fleury who was aggressive on Senator shooters and had sound rebound control. Fleury made 31 saves on 32 shots, earning his second win of the season.
“Flower played great for us and was a close road game. We’ll take the two points,” captain Sidney Crosby said.
The Penguins got hit with the injury bug for the first time this season when Matt Niskanen went into the boards in the first period and suffered a lower body injury. He did not play in the second or third period.
Rotating five defensemen, Paul Martin led the team with 30:26 of ice time. Kris Letang played 29:10 and Brooks Orpik saw 28:18 of ice time.
The Penguins next play Tuesday night at home against the New York Islanders.
1st: PIT 13:31 James Neal (4)
Assist: Evgeni Malkin
2nd: OTT 13:44 Colin Greening (1)
Assists: Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek
PIT: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, James Neal
OTT: Jason Spezza, Kyle Turris