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Penguins 5, Senators 1

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 10:32 PM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Senators 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Ottawa Senators 1

OTTAWA - Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 Tuesday night.

Chris Kunitz had three assists for the Penguins, who also got goals from Ben Lovejoy, Matt Cooke and Zbynek Michalek.

The Senators have now lost two straight after their three-game winning streak was snapped in Buffalo on Sunday.

Ryan Shannon scored for the Senators. Ottawa's Craig Anderson allowed four goals for the second straight game. He made 36 saves while Pittsburgh backup Brent Johnson turned aside 21-of-22 shots.

Paul Martin and Dustin Jeffrey had two assists each.

After Kennedy gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in an otherwise uneventful opening period, the teams scored three goals in just over three minutes to start the second.

Staal's ninth of the season put Pittsburgh up 2-1 at 1:21 of the second period. Stall scored into an empty net from the top of the crease following a few seconds of chaos surrounding Anderson.

Shannon scored for the Senators less then a minute later to cut the Penguins' lead in half, but Lovejoy restored the two-goal cushion at 3:05 in the second when moved in from the point and sent a shot from the top of the faceoff circle through Anderson's legs.

Cooke put Pittsburgh up 4-1 at 7:35. The goal was upheld by a video review to ensure Cooke did not kick the puck into the net.

Michalek scored the only goal of the third period, giving the Penguins a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Despite holding a 13-6 advantage in shots, the Penguins only led 1-0 after the first period.

Paul Martin took a point short that was heading wide before Kennedy redirected the puck off both posts and in behind Anderson for a 1-0 Penguins lead at 9:14.

It was just the second goal in eight games for Kennedy, who has 16 on the season.

NOTES: The Senators recalled D Andre Benoit and F Jim O'Brien from Binghamton of the American Hockey League for Tuesday's game ... Ottawa is 17-6-1-5 in its last 27 games against Pittsburgh since April 22, 2003 ... The Penguins recalled Ds Corey Potter and Steve Wagner from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League for Tuesday's game in Ottawa ... The Penguins were missing eight players due to injury or illness Tuesday. Included in that list are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin ... The Senators next face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
09:14
PIT
Tyler Kennedy (16) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Martin (19), Chris Kunitz (19)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
01:21
PIT
Jordan Staal (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (22), Chris Kunitz (20)
2 - 0 PIT
02:08
OTT
PPG - Ryan Shannon (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (17)
2 - 1 PIT
03:05
PIT
Ben Lovejoy (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jordan Staal (13), Chris Kunitz (21)
3 - 1 PIT
07:34
PIT
Matt Cooke (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Jeffrey (4), Paul Martin (20)
4 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
08:47
PIT
Zbynek Michalek (3) Slapshot - ASST: Dustin Jeffrey (5), Alex Kovalev (14)
5 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:55
OTT
Zack Smith  Interference on goalkeeper against  Brent Johnson
13:45
PIT
Ben Lovejoy  Hooking against  Chris Neil
16:40
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
16:40
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Deryk Engelland
19:19
OTT
Colin Greening  Interference against  Maxime Talbot
2nd Period
02:02
PIT
Zbynek Michalek  Tripping against  Colin Greening
10:25
PIT
Matt Cooke  Tripping against  Erik Karlsson
11:30
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Holding against  Zbynek Michalek
12:13
OTT
Zack Smith  Hi-sticking against  James Neal
3rd Period
14:10
OTT
Francis Lessard  Misconduct (10 min) against  Deryk Engelland
14:10
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Misconduct (10 min) against  Francis Lessard
15:03
OTT
Zack Smith  Roughing against  Kris Letang
15:41
PIT
Mike Rupp  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
10-5-3
SA: 22TOI: 59:50
Saves: 21EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 41TOI: 59:55
Saves: 36EV: 30 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .878SH: 0 - 0