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Penguins 2, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 2, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 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.

Winchester had given Ottawa a 1-0 lead 12:11 into the game when he knocked in a loose puck from the crease after Erik Karlsson shot it from the left point and Jarkko Ruutu deflected it.

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).

scoring summary
1st Period
Jesse Winchester (3) ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (3), Erik Karlsson (8)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (8) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (4), Sidney Crosby (22)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Alex Goligoski (5) ASST: Zbynek Michalek (5), Tyler Kennedy (5)
2 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Matt Cooke  Boarding against  Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson  Interference against  Sidney Crosby
Mike Rupp  Boarding against  Jarkko Ruutu
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Max Talbot
3rd Period
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
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 40TOI: 58:44
Saves: 38EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .950SH: 1 - 1
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 44TOI: 59:46
Saves: 43EV: 36 - 37
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .977SH: 0 - 0