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Penguins 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 4, Senators 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Ottawa Senators 1

OTTAWA - Tyler Kennedy scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scotiabank Place.

Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal also scored for the Penguins, who won their third in a row to remain undefeated on the road despite Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being held off the scoresheet.

Kennedy gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the second with his third goal of the season. He added his fourth goal - his second of the game - later in the period when he beat Pascal Leclaire with a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Crosby, who scored twice in a 5-2 win in Toronto on Saturday, praised the work of Kennedy and his linemates, Matt Cooke and Craig Adams.

Milan Michalek got his first Ottawa goal to open the scoring 15:59 in.

Leclaire made 24 saves as the Senators (3-2-0) ended a three-game winning streak.

Fleury remained undefeated in five starts.

The Penguins improved to 4-0 on the road, including the first three games of their current four-game trip that concludes Wednesday against Carolina.

Michalek, acquired from San Jose along with Jonathan Cheechoo in the Dany Heatley trade, teamed up with his former Sharks teammate to give Ottawa a short-lived lead.

Cheechoo took a pass from linemate Jason Spezza and fed Michalek, who cut across the goalmouth to slip the puck around Fleury.

Guerin evened it at 1-1 just 39 seconds later. The veteran forward put home his own rebound after his initial shot struck Senators defenceman Chris Phillips' skate and bounced out front off the end boards.

"They're a good team," Spezza said. "They're riding high and you get those bounces when you're going that way."

Kennedy got credit for the go-ahead goal 6:16 into the second when his shot struck Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson's skate and went into the right side of the net, just beyond Leclaire's vain attempt to kick the puck away with his left pad.

Kennedy increased the lead to 3-1 when he drove a long slap shot past Leclaire at 18:02.

"I just missed it," Leclaire said. "I don't have a whole lot of excuses about it. That's usually a shot that you have to stop."

Staal made it a three-goal margin with his third goal midway through the third.

NOTES: Crosby has yet to score a goal in six regular season games in Ottawa, though he has scored four times in five playoff games at Scotiabank Place ...The Penguins have a 23-4-4 regular season mark overall since Dan Bylsma was hired as head coach on Feb. 15 ... Rookie Senators C Peter Regin did not play. He is day-to-day with an upper body injury that forced him to leave midway through the third period of Saturday's 4-2 win over Atlanta ... The Senators close out a four-game homestand on Thursday night, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200). It's the first of nine Subway Savings Games this season, with all tickets priced at 20 per cent off.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:59
OTT
Milan Michalek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (2), Jason Spezza (2)
1 - 0 OTT
16:38
PIT
Bill Guerin (2) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (3), Mark Eaton (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:16
PIT
Tyler Kennedy (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay McKee (1), Craig Adams (1)
2 - 1 PIT
18:02
PIT
Tyler Kennedy (4) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Cooke (2), Craig Adams (2)
3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
09:54
PIT
Jordan Staal (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Rupp (1)
4 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:09
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Tripping against  Chris Kunitz
09:23
PIT
Craig Adams  Cross checking against  Chris Neil
20:00
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Hi-sticking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
2nd Period
09:08
PIT
Mike Rupp  Holding against  Jonathan Cheechoo
15:33
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Slashing against  Kris Letang
3rd Period
05:09
PIT
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
14:44
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
14:44
PIT
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
14:44
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Slashing against  Jarkko Ruutu
15:17
PIT
Kris Letang  Cross checking against  Milan Michalek
17:41
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Roughing against  Chris Neil
17:41
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Roughing against  Chris Neil
17:41
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
17:41
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Tyler Kennedy
17:41
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Chris Neil  Roughing against  Tyler Kennedy
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
5-0-0
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 2 - 2