Senators beat Penguins in shootout to end season

Wes Crosby  - Correspondent | Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 11:23 PM

PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators closed their regular season with a 3-2 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Sunday night.

Senators forward Kyle Turris wristed a shot over Jeff Zatkoff's glove in the first round of the tiebreaker, and Jason Spezza ended the game when he beat Zatkoff with a backhander in the second round. Robin Lehner stopped Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett and Jussi Jokinen.

Lehner also made 26 saves through 65 minutes to earn his 12th win of the season. The Senators did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs but did finish the season on a five-game winning streak, which Spezza said allows them to enter the offseason on a positive note.

"It's a nice way for us to finish. We won a lot of games at the end even though they didn't mean anything, but it showed we were playing for each other," Spezza said. "It's hard to play a back-to-back and a game that doesn't mean very much, but I thought we battled hard and it was a good feeling to end on a winning note."

The Penguins, the Eastern Conference's second seed as the winner of the Metropolitan Division, will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in the playoffs. Their Eastern Conference First Round series begins Wednesday.

Pittsburgh finished with 109 points, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history, but coach Dan Bylsma said that will not mean much if the Penguins do not play well in the playoffs.

"You can talk about the number of wins and the number of points and ranks in Penguin history, but really that's just given us our spot in the playoffs," Bylsma said. "That's what we know. That's where we're going to be and our success will be measured in playoff wins."

The Senators (37-31-14) finished five points behind the Detroit Red Wings, the second wild-card team in the East.

"I think one thing we have to do is we have to go into training camp and start at square one and go from there," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "This is really a moral victory, the last five games we played and being able to find ways to win. We have work to do and we have to come to training camp in September prepared to do the work and make the changes to our game.

"That's going to make us successful.

The game entered the third period tied 2-2 after the teams traded goals in the second.

Lee Stempniak gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead at 5:16 when he tipped a shot from Bennett past Lehner for his fourth goal since joining the Penguins at the NHL Trade Deadline.

Pittsburgh held the lead until Mark Stone scored a power-play goal at 17:14. With Chris Kunitz in the penalty box, Stone collected the rebound of a shot by Patrick Wiercioch and wrapped it around Zatkoff's left pad.

Each team managed two shots through the first 14:27 of the first period, but the game then opened up and each team scored before intermission.

Jokinen opened the scoring with Ottawa's Milan Michalek in the penalty box for hooking. He attempted a pass to James Neal that deflected off Senators defenseman Eric Gryba's skate and through Lehner's five-hole at 14:46.

Turris answered at 18:38 when he slapped a shot past Zatkoff with one second left on a penalty to Pittsburgh forward Harry Zolnierczyk to tie the game at 1-1.

The Penguins finished the season with more than 500 man-games lost to injury, but have started to get some players back in the lineup. Jokinen said the return of players such as defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin will be pivotal in the postseason.

"That's really important. We've been battling through a lot of injuries to a lot of our key guys," Jokinen said. "I think during the playoffs we're going to need our depth, for sure. We showed during the regular season we have depth and every guy has to do their roles and be ready to jump in when they are playing."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:46PIT PPG - Jussi Jokinen (21) ASST: Chris Kunitz (33), Kris Letang (11) 1 - 0 PIT
18:38OTT PPG - Kyle Turris (26) ASST: Erik Karlsson (54), Mike Hoffman (3) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:16PIT Lee Stempniak (12) ASST: Beau Bennett (4), Brian Gibbons (12) 2 - 1 PIT
17:14OTT PPG - Mark Stone (4) ASST: Patrick Wiercioch (19), Kyle Turris (32) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1PITBeau Bennett - Save
2OTTKyle Turris - Goal
3PITJussi Jokinen - Save
4OTTJason Spezza - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDPittsburgh PenguinsOttawa Senators
1Beau BennettKyle Turris
2Jussi JokinenJason Spezza
Three Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 26:07
Jason Spezza
Jason Spezza
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 17:27
Jussi Jokinen
Jussi Jokinen
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:57
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:24PIT Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
09:24OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
14:06OTT Milan Michalek  Hooking against  Olli Maatta
16:39PIT Harry Zolnierczyk  Hooking against  Kyle Turris
19:56OTT Colin Greening  Roughing against  Beau Bennett
2nd Period
06:58PIT Harry Zolnierczyk  Holding the stick against  Chris Phillips
09:48OTT Erik Condra  Holding against  Olli Maatta
12:34OTT Erik Condra  Slashing against  Kris Letang
16:37PIT Chris Kunitz  Hooking against  Mike Hoffman
17:32PIT Simon Despres  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
10:17PIT Craig Adams  Holding against  Chris Phillips
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/51/4
Faceoff Wins3234
Blocked Shots712
Penalty Minutes1315
3M. MethotD0003022:54
4C. PhillipsD0001018:57
5C. CeciD0000016:05
7K. TurrisC1102018:32
9M. MichalekL00-11218:35
14C. GreeningC0002212:44
15Z. SmithC0000016:50
16C. MacArthurL0002017:04
19J. SpezzaC00-11017:27
22E. CondraR0000414:58
25C. NeilR0004513:16
44J. PageauC0001013:35
46P. WierciochD01-11017:33
61M. StoneR1003015:45
62E. GrybaD00-12019:59
65E. KarlssonD0104026:07
68M. HoffmanL0106017:12
83A. HemskyR00-10015:47
40R. Lehner2628.92965:00
3O. MaattaD0001020:29
4R. ScuderiD0001019:10
7P. MartinD0012026:00
12C. KobasewR0003014:55
14C. KunitzL0103219:00
15T. GlassL0001512:44
17T. PyattL0000012:51
18J. NealR0002019:05
19B. BennettR0111016:04
22L. StempniakR1014016:52
27C. AdamsR0001212:56
36J. JokinenL1002019:57
39H. ZolnierczykL0002410:29
44B. OrpikD0011020:41
47S. DespresD0001216:19
49B. GibbonsC0110015:23
58K. LetangD0102026:52
59J. MegnaC0001011:38
37J. Zatkoff3133.93965:00