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Senators score eight goals against Penguins

Mar 24, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson AP

Pittsburgh scored 25 goals in five games, starting with Sidney Crosby‘s return from a concussion on March 15. By contrast the Ottawa Senators had just two goals in three games going into this contest. This certainly looked like a mismatch on paper, and it was, but not in the way you might have assumed. The Ottawa Senators, no doubt inspired by the opera version of O Canada that preceded the game dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 8-4 victory Saturday.

Daniel Alfredsson led the charge for Ottawa with two goals and two assists to bring him up to 54 points in 70 games. Like many of the Senators’ players, he had struggled lately with just three points in his previous 12 contests.

Milan Michalek netted his 33rd goal of the season to open up the scoring at 9:06 of the first period. Matt Cooke followed it up with two unanswered goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had a 2-1 lead going into the second period. Sergei Gonchar evened the game just 33 seconds into the second period and from there, the Senators never looked back.

If there was a silver lining in this game for Pittsburgh, it was that Crosby scored his first goal since returning from a concussion. He also added another assist, giving him 23 points in 14 games this season.

Pittsburgh has been fantastic lately, but they’re still battling with the New York Rangers for the Atlantic Division title and the first seed. At the same time, the Philadelphia Flyers are still threatening to surpass the Penguins, so Pittsburgh could realistically finish with the first, fourth, or fifth spot in the Eastern Conference depending on how they do in the final two weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, Ottawa needed this win to maintain some breathing distance on the ninth seed Washington Capitals. They can help their cause further and potentially deal a lethal blow to the Winnipeg Jets fading playoff ambitions if they win in Winnipeg on Monday.

  1. writeit22 - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Great Game! Love to see Crosby back on the ice…few teams are able to challenge the Pens like this.

  2. bobhpine - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    The Pens might have to dust off Brent Johnson’s rotting corpse because Thiessen is awful. Four goals on the road ought to get you at least a point. If I were Bylsma I’d give him bus fare back to Wilkes-Barre and set his jersey on fire. I’d drag his goalie pads behind the bus and make Ben Lovejoy micturate on them upon arrival back to Pittsburgh.

    • merchaholic - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      I can’t believe they left him in nets for 8 goals. I’m surprised he didn’t pull a Roy and say this was his last game. Then go win the cup in Colorado.

  3. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Penguins lose. You need Tom Barrasso back and maybe Lemieux. No cup for the Pens this year. And I don’t want to hear any crap that this was only one game. Chinks in the armor starting to occur. (oh wait can I say that?)

    • jobotjones - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      By chink in the armor you mean backup goalie? Yes if you assassinate the Pens starting goalkeeper they could very well be in trouble…give me a break.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Do you follow any other sports besides Penguins hockey? Your answer says no.

    • mordock57 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      First regulation loss in over a MONTH… yeah, the wheels are really starting to come off, no doubt. What a maroon.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Where did I say the wheels are starting to come off? I just don’t think Pittsburg wins the Cup this year. Kinda like the Steelers this season.

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