|Date of game: 12/6/2014
Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Ehrhoff scored with 1:50 remaining to snap a tie and lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who bounced back from a 3-0 shutout at the hands of Vancouver on Thursday and won for the third time in their last four games.
"It was important to have a (good) rebound game," said Penguins coach Mike Johnston about getting back on track after the loss to the Canucks. "Following that game, I think everybody was anxious to (go). And we didn't feel that the Vancouver game was a good game for us as a team."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, including two in the closing moments, in the victory.
Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad scored second-period goals for Ottawa, which has lost five in a row and seven of its last eight. Craig Anderson stopped 30 shots in defeat, but had little chance on Ehrhoff's winner.
The Penguins worked for the puck deep and Sidney Crosby emerged with it along the left boards. He backhanded a cross-ice pass to an unchecked Ehrhoff, who moved into the right circle alone and blasted a shot from the dot into the upper right corner of the net for his second goal of the season.
"Usually when you have that much time you think too much," said Ehrhoff. "But I just knew where I wanted to put it and this time, it went right where I wanted it."
Fleury kept the Penguins in front with 1:19 to play when he stopped a deflected shot and stuck out the glove to deny Bobby Ryan's rebound from the doorstep.
Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead just 4:17 into the game, shortly after he exited the penalty box after serving a roughing minor. He picked up the puck at center ice, raced into the Ottawa zone on a breakaway and made neat move from the backhand to the forehand as he approached the crease and slipped a shot just inside the left post.
Anderson remained on the ice for a time after Malkin crashed into him, but stayed in the game and turned aside the other 12 shots he faced in the first period to keep the Senators down only one.
Ottawa then scored twice in the first half of the second period to move in front. Michalek tipped an Erik Karlsson point shot past Fleury just 73 seconds into the stanza on a power play and Zibanejad scored from the slot off a nice feed from Ryan at the 8:44 mark.
The Penguins picked up a late power play and tied it just 1:57 before the end of the second when Sutter deflected Olli Maatta's shot from the left boards.
"We had a great second period today," said Anderson. "We were able to win that period and gave ourselves an opportunity at the end of the game. It's one of those things where if we keep working on the process and keep doing this the way we want to keep doing it, the results will turn around for us."Game Notes
Pittsburgh's Craig Adams picked up an assist on the winning goal and played in
his 314th consecutive game to set a franchise record, surpassing the old mark
of 313 set by Ron Schock ... Pittsburgh went 1-for-4 on the power play, while
Ottawa cashed in once on five chances with the extra skater ... The Penguins
improved to 15-1-2 when scoring at least three goals ... Pittsburgh's Zach
Sill was given a game misconduct just 3:23 into the contest when he leveled
Ottawa's Kyle Turris with what appeared to be a clean shoulder hit to the
chest, although the officials called it interference for what they deemed to
be a little late ... Pittsburgh improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven against
Ottawa and 3-0-1 in its last four at home against the Senators.