PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — Mike Comrie scored the deciding goal in
the shootout and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh
Penguins, 4-3, on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.
Comrie skated slowly down the right side of the slot, faked to
his backhand, hesitated while pulling the puck back and slid a
forehand shot that hit goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s right pad and
trickled in off the left post.
The third successful shot ended the tiebreaker on the 10th
Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in
regulation for Ottawa, which trailed, 3-1, with eight minutes
left but improved to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.
Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for
Pittsburgh, which has lost two straight shootouts after a
seven-game winning streak. The Penguins have gone to a shootout
in a franchise-record four straight games.
Daniel Alfredsson beat Fleury on the first shootout try by
swooping in from the right wing and flipping a backhander under
the crossbar. Crosby sent the shootout into extra rounds by
scoring between Brian Elliott’s pads.
Elliott stopped Kris Letang, Petr Sykora and Evgeni Malkin
during the shootout, and Chris Kunitz’s shot sailed over the
net. Elliott has won his past five decisions.
Pittsburgh, 9-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma, appeared in
control while leading by two goals in the third. The Penguins
had been 19-3-4 when leading after two periods.
Foligno made it 3-2 with eight minutes left in regulation, when
he flipped a wrist shot from the far side of the left circle
that beat Fleury high on the stick side.
Phillips tied it 1:54 later, when he went to the net and slammed
home the rebound of Dany Heatley’s shot. It was the
defenseman’s sixth of the season.
Ottawa controlled the final minutes of regulation and overtime,
when a power play helped the Senators build an 11-1 shot
Godard, primarily a fighter, has played sparingly since the
trade deadline earlier this month. He scored his second of the
season and first since December 13 6:05 into the game.
Campoli tied it 2:31 later with a wrister from the point that
found its way through traffic.
Crosby gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with his 27th at 5:56 of the
second off a pretty setup by defenseman Mark Eaton.
Crosby has at least one point in nine straight games – including
all five since he came back from a groin injury that caused him
to miss four. He has six goals in seven games.
Kennedy completed a 2-on-1 with Matt Cooke late in the second
for his 12th of the season and third since January 31.