Post-game report: Ottawa 5 Pittsburgh 2
OTTAWA (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson netted his career-high 38th goal and assisted on another as the Ottawa Senators became the first team to reach 100 points this season with a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Antoine Vermette scored Ottawa's NHL-best 21st short-handed goal, and rookie defenseman Andrej Meszaros had a power-play goal and helped set up one by Chris Neil as the Senators scored four special-teams goals.
Chris Kelly also scored and Ray Emery made 21 saves for Ottawa, winners of 11 of 13 games.
Pittsburgh's Eric Cairns was assessed five penalties totaling 40 minutes - including a double game misconduct - at the end of the second period. Cairns, who got a major for spearing Zdeno Chara, was also assessed a fighting major and a misconduct. Chara was given a fighting major and a misconduct.
Penguins rookie Colby Armstrong scored a short-handed goal for Pittsburgh, which lost its sixth in a row to the Senators. Ottawa swept the four-game season series.
Alfredsson, who had 37 goals in 2001-02, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 2:33 in.
Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron turned aside 13 shots as Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh 14-5 in the first. Armstrong tied it 1-1 at 6:56 of the second with Jani Rita in the penalty box.
Meszaros didn't allow the Penguins much time to celebrate as he scored his seventh goal 17 seconds later for the Senators' second power-play goal to make it 2-1 at 7:13.
Caron stopped Alfredsson after he came out of the penalty box, but the Senators captain set up Kelly, who scored his eighth at 12:31.
Meszaros made it 4-1 with his second of the game - eighth of the season - 3:39 into the third.
Tomas Surovy drew the Penguins to within 4-2 with an unassisted effort at 8:42, but Vermette scored his fifth short-handed goal of the season at 15:08, tying Alfredsson and Atlanta's Marian Hossa for the league lead.
Notes: Russ Anderson holds the Penguins' records for penalties and penalties minutes, both in one period and in a game. Against Edmonton on Jan. 19, 1980, Anderson was assessed eight penalties totaling 46 minutes in the same period, and had nine penalties and 51 minutes for the game. ... Caron stopped Senators C Tyler Arnason on a penalty shot 13:35 into the second. ... Ottawa D Anton Volchenkov left the game and didn't return after he was checked by Eric Boguniecki in the first. ... All of the Senators' wins over Pittsburgh this season have come since Feb. 2. ... Ottawa is 39-0-2 when it leads after two periods. Pittsburgh is 0-35-9 when it trails after two.