|OTT||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|PIT||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
PITTSBURGH - Marc-Andre Fleury made 43 saves, Alex Goligoski scored the winning goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 for their fifth consecutive win on Friday afternoon.
Fleury lost six of his first seven decisions and temporarily lost his starting job, but as he has played better, so have the Penguins. Pittsburgh and Fleury are 7-0-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in their past eight.
Evgeni Malkin also scored with Sidney Crosby assisting on the play for the Penguins. Crosby extended his points streak to 11 games, third-longest of his career and tied for the longest in the NHL this season.
Jesse Winchester scored for the Senators, who had a season-high 44 shots - including 21 in the first period - the most the Penguins have allowed this season.
Ottawa has lost five of its last six games and six of eight.
Goligoski's fifth goal of the season came with 14:55 to play and 2:18 into a rare double-minor for two separate infractions given to the same player, Ottawa's Chris Kelly.
Aided when Mike Fisher fell after a collision with Pittsburgh's Mark Letestu in the high slot, Goligoski took the puck at the left point and walked in, firing a wrist shot that beat Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire on the short side, deflecting off the high post and in.
That was the second power-play goal of the game for Pittsburgh, which has five goals with the man advantage in its past four games.
The Penguins struck late during their first power-play opportunity, coming midway through the second and within minutes of Leclaire making two strong saves on chances by Crosby.
Malkin scored for the seventh time in his past six games against Senators, skating in to collect a loose puck off a rebound after shots by Crosby and Tyler Kennedy and firing the puck into the net for his eighth of the season.
But that would be all Fleury would allow. Coming off a shutout of Buffalo two days earlier, Fleury's best stop Friday was on Kelly with 8:07 left in the first. Kelly collected the puck while open low in the right circle, but Fleury slid across with both pads and stuck his glove up to catch the wrist shot.
Fleury also stopped Peter Regin on an open one-timer four minutes into the game.
Pittsburgh did not allow a power play goal against for the seventh consecutive game. The Senators went 0-for-3 and are on a 2-for-20 skid.
NOTES: Coming into the game, the Senators were 8-1 when scoring first. The Penguins improved to 6-6-2 when the opponent gets the first goal ... Karlsson was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games ... Ottawa returns home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200), then entertains the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200).
|Jesse Winchester (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (3), Erik Karlsson (8)|
1 - 0 OTT
|PPG - Evgeni Malkin (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (4), Sidney Crosby (22)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Alex Goligoski (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Zbynek Michalek (5), Tyler Kennedy (5)|
2 - 1 PIT
|Matt Cooke Boarding against Erik Karlsson|
|Erik Karlsson Interference against Sidney Crosby|
|Mike Rupp Boarding against Jarkko Ruutu|
|Daniel Alfredsson Hooking against Maxime Talbot|
|Chris Kelly Hooking against Mark Letestu|
|Chris Kelly Holding against Chris Conner|
|Evgeni Malkin Hooking against Jesse Winchester|
|Chris Neil Roughing against Marc-Andre Fleury|
|Marc-Andre Fleury Roughing against Chris Neil|
|SA: 40||TOI: 58:44|
|Saves: 38||EV: 28 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 11|
|SV%: .950||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 44||TOI: 59:46|
|Saves: 43||EV: 36 - 37|
|PIM: 2||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: .977||SH: 0 - 0|