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Penguins 6, Senators 5, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 6, Senators 5, SO
Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA - Jarkko Ruutu scored on Pittsburgh's fifth shootout attempt to give the Penguins a 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Ruutu put a backhander through Martin Gerber's pads for the winner after Ottawa's Jason Spezza and Pittsburgh's Erik Christensen each converted their team's first shootout opportunity.

Dany Sabourin denied Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley, Mike Fisher and Dean McAmmond for the win after stopping 29 shots in regulation. Sabourin entered midway through the first period.

Sergei Gonchar scored his seventh goal 7:07 into the third as Pittsburgh overcame a two-goal deficit for the second time in the game to tie it at 5-5.

Spezza scored twice and assisted on Heatley's power-play goal 16:15 into the second, which gave Ottawa its second lead of the game at 4-3.

Christoph Schubert put the Senators up 5-3 when he got credit for his second goal of the season 1:04 into the third.

The Penguins, who erased an early 2-0 deficit with goals by Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Malone 18 seconds apart late in the first, mounted their second comeback as Malone scored his second of the game - his sixth of the season - on a power play at 5:56 to cut the lead to 5-4.

Colby Armstrong got his second assist of the game when he set up Gonchar to draw Pittsburgh even for the second time

Spezza hit a post later in the period and was stopped by Sabourin on a 2-on-1 in overtime.

Malkin hit the outside of the left post moments after Spezza's chance in overtime.

Daniel Alfredsson had three assists and Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which lost 4-2 in Buffalo on Wednesday.

The Senators, who haven't lost consecutive regular-season games in regulation since Dec. 19-21, 2006, have dropped four of six (2-0-3-1) after getting off to an NHL-record 13-1-0 start.

Gerber made 20 saves.

Sabourin replaced Marc-Andre Fleury after Phillips' power-play goal gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead at 10:55 of the first.

Malkin created his own breakaway to cut the lead to 2-1, racing down the ice from the Penguins' zone to beat Gerber with a quick shot for his ninth goal at 18:07.

Malkin's goal hadn't even been announced when Malone tied it with his fifth goal at 18:25 on a shot from the slot after taking a setup pass from Sidney Crosby, who saw a 19-game point streak end one night earlier.

Tyler Kennedy scored the Penguins' third straight goal eight minutes into the second to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.

Spezza, who scored his second goal of the season 4:56 in, got his second goal of the game - his third of the season - 14:20 into the second to tie it at 3-3.

Heatley restored the Senators' lead at 16:15 with his 11th goal as he beat Sabourin from the slot on a fine setup by Spezza.

Notes: Penguins RW Mark Recchi was a healthy scratch for the third time in four games, including Wednesday's 2-1 loss to New Jersey. Veteran D Darryl Sydor didn't dress for a fourth straight game ... Fleury stopped two of four shots.... Recchi and John Cullen set the Penguins' record for fastest two goals on Feb. 16, 1990, when they scored six seconds apart in a 3-3 tie at Winnipeg. Paul Coffey and Troy Loney matched that mark six days later in a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders ... Christensen had his shootout attempt waved off initially by referee Stephane Auger. That call was reversed as a video review clearly showed that Gerber was unable to keep the puck from crossing the line with his right pad ... The Senators next face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). About 150 tickets remain for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:56
OTT
Jason Spezza (2) ASST: Luke Richardson (1), Daniel Alfredsson (12)
1 - 0 OTT
10:55
OTT
PPG - Chris Phillips (3) ASST: Chris Kelly (6), Antoine Vermette (9)
2 - 0 OTT
18:07
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (9) ASST: Petr Sykora (7)
2 - 1 OTT
18:25
PIT
Ryan Malone (5) ASST: Sidney Crosby (20), Colby Armstrong (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
08:00
PIT
Tyler Kennedy (2) ASST: Jordan Staal (2)
3 - 2 PIT
14:20
OTT
Jason Spezza (3) ASST: Wade Redden (9), Daniel Alfredsson (13)
3 - 3 Tie
16:15
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (11) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (14), Jason Spezza (17)
4 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
01:04
OTT
Christoph Schubert (2) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (7), Chris Neil (3)
5 - 3 OTT
05:56
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (6) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (15), Kris Letang (1)
5 - 4 OTT
07:07
PIT
Sergei Gonchar (6) ASST: Colby Armstrong (2), Ryan Malone (5)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDOTTPIT
1J. SpezzaE. Christensen
2A. VermetteP. Sykora
3D. HeatleyS. Crosby
4M. FisherE. Malkin
5D. McAmmondJ. Ruutu
penalty summary
1st Period
01:32
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
01:32
PIT
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
01:32
OTT
Shean Donovan  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
01:32
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Diving against  Shean Donovan
02:45
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Evgeni Malkin
09:01
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Diving against  Mike Fisher
12:00
OTT
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
14:35
OTT
Dany Heatley  Cross checking against  Jarkko Ruutu
2nd Period
10:27
OTT
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Brooks Orpik
11:45
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Sidney Crosby
15:28
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Tripping against  Martin Gerber
17:49
OTT
Luke Richardson  Hooking against  Tyler Kennedy
18:36
PIT
Petr Sykora  Holding against  Antoine Vermette
3rd Period
05:13
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Rob Scuderi
10:22
PIT
Gary Roberts  Too many men/ice - bench
17:01
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Evgeni Malkin
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 4TOI: 10:55
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Dany Sabourin
Dany Sabourin
SA: 32TOI: 53:56
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .906SH: 3 - 3
Martin Gerber
SA: 25TOI: 65:00
Saves: 20EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0