The Pittsburgh Penguins are taking advantage of some of the NHL’s worst teams.
Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 Tuesday night.
”We’re playing the way the Penguins play. We’re doing all the right things in the system. We’re trusting each other to be there and back each other up and we’re playing hard,” Staal said.
Pittsburgh also beat the last-place Edmonton Oilers 5-1 at home Sunday.
Chris Kunitz had three assists for the Penguins, who also got goals from Ben Lovejoy, Matt Cooke and Zbynek Michalek.
The Senators have now lost two straight after their three-game winning streak was snapped in Buffalo on Sunday.
Ryan Shannon scored for the Senators. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson allowed four goals for the second straight game. He made 36 saves while Pittsburgh backup Brent Johnson turned aside 21 of 22.
”Obviously, it’s not the way you want to lose. When you get outshot 41 to whatever it is, that’s not our game,” Anderson said. ”The way we were winning games was playing a 2-1 gritty hockey game, taking away the other team’s chances and capitalizing on our opportunities. Tonight, Pittsburgh played their system to a tee and they capitalized on our mistakes.”
Paul Martin and Dustin Jeffrey had two assists each.
After Kennedy gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in an otherwise uneventful opening period, the teams scored three goals in just over three minutes to start the second.
Staal’s ninth of the season put Pittsburgh up 2-1 at 1:21 of the second period. He scored into an empty net from the top of the crease following a few seconds of chaos surrounding Anderson.
Shannon scored for the Senators less then a minute later to cut the Penguins’ lead in half, but Lovejoy restored the two-goal cushion at 3:05 in the second when moved in from the point and sent a shot from the top of the face-off circle through Anderson’s legs.
Cooke put Pittsburgh up 4-1 at 7:35. The goal was upheld by a video review to ensure he didn’t kick the puck into the net.
Michalek scored the only goal of the third period.
Despite holding a 13-6 advantage in shots the Penguins only led 1-0 after the first period.
Paul Martin took a point short that was heading wide before Kennedy redirected the puck off both posts and in behind Anderson for a 1-0 Penguins lead at 9:14.
It was just the second goal in eight games for Kennedy, who has 16 on the season.
NOTES: The Senators recalled D Andre Benoit and F Jim O’Brien from Binghamton of the American Hockey League for Tuesday’s game. … Ottawa is 17-6-1-5 in its last 27 games against Pittsburgh since April 22, 2003. … The Penguins recalled defensemen Corey Potter and Steve Wagner from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League for Tuesday’s game in Ottawa. … The Penguins were missing eight players due to injury or illness Tuesday. Included in that list are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. … Pittsburgh G Marc-Andre Fleury has a 30-11-5 record and a goals against average of 2.12 and a save percentage of .928 since Nov. 12.