Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ottawa Senators take Swede revenge on Pittsburgh Penguins

The Ottawa Senators got their revenge on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm today, winning 3-1. Yesterday, the Senators lost in overtime - but as they got one point out of that game, they can claim the better weekend over the Penguins.

After no goals in the first period, Ottawa got on the board first when star Dany Heatley got his first power play goal thirteen minutes into the second (w/ Swede Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza on the assist). Heatley notched his second power play goal of the day twelve minutes into the third period (w/ Alfredsson and Filip Kuba on the assist), making it 2-0 Ottawa. Three and a half minutes later, Ottawa was up 3-0 on Antoine Vermette's even-strength goal (w/ Kuba and Jesse Winchester on the assist; today was Winchester's second NHL game in 2 seasons with Ottawa).

Alex Goligoski's power play goal ruined Alex Auld's shutout bid with 2 seconds left in the game (w/ Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malking assisting), but the result was the same - a dominating Ottawa Senators victory.

Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of 27 shots, while Ottawa's Auld stopped 30 of 31. Ottawa converted on half of their 4 power plays, while Pittsburgh converted just one of 7.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson had a much better outing today in his native Sweden, after posting a minus-3 with no points yesterday.

As the final game of the 4 played in Europe this weekend, the regular season standings in the Eastern Conference will show the New York Rangers in first, the Ottawa Senators in second, the Pittsburgh Penguins in fourth (same division as New York), and the Tampa Bay Lightning in - wait for it - 15th.

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