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game recap

Penguins 6, Senators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 6, Senators 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 6
Three Stars of the Game
Evgeni Malkin
1st
Evgeni Malkin
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:22
Sidney Crosby
2nd
Sidney Crosby
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:06
Tyler Kennedy
3rd
Tyler Kennedy
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:22

PITTSBURGH — Chris Kunitz, Tyler Kennedy, Steve Sullivan and Evgeni Malkin scored within a seven-minute stretch of the first period to power the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Friday night.

Pascal Dupuis and Jordan Staal also scored for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby collected three assists in his third game back from concussion-like symptoms.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots as Pittsburgh bounced back from an overtime loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.

The Penguins ripped off four goals in the game's first 10 minutes, chasing Ottawa's Craig Anderson, who stopped just four of the eight shots he faced before giving way to Alex Auld.

Pittsburgh was stifled for long stretches of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues on Wednesday, putting a damper on Crosby's return following a 10-month layoff.

The former MVP lit up the New York Islanders for two goals and two assists in his season debut on Monday, but spent his second game getting clutched, grabbed and for the most part shut down against the Blues. He even picked up three penalties and got involved in a brief shoving match with St. Louis captain David Backes.

He was just as testy Friday. He absorbed a clean check from Ottawa's Nick Foligno in the second period and tried to get a little payback in the third, mixing it up with Foligno in front of the Senators net. The two traded a couple of checks before Foligno started looking for more. At that point Kunitz jumped in to stick up for his captain, though Crosby earned a minor for roughing for his efforts.

Crosby and Kunitz were out on the ice with James Neal at the time rather than regular linemate Dupuis, as coach Dan Bylsma experimented with his lines while the Penguins nursed a big lead.

It was a welcome change to recent weeks in which the Penguins have sleep-walked through the opening 20 minutes — Crosby's debut excluded — before roaring to life.

Then again, the Senators gave Pittsburgh a pretty early wakeup call. Ottawa's Kaspars Daugavins collected a shot from teammate Zack Smith and slipped it by Fleury to give the Senators a quick 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

Their momentum lasted all of 27 seconds, or the amount of time it took Pittsburgh to tie it up following a breathtaking end-to-end rush. Crosby faked a slapshot on the break then threaded a pass to Kunitz, who fired it into the wide open net.

The Penguins were just getting started, scoring four goals over the next 7:25 to chase Anderson, who had no real chance on any of the tallies.

Kennedy gave the Penguins the lead, banking the puck off Anderson's pads and into the net from a thin angle behind the goal line.

The bad bounces didn't stop there for Anderson. Sullivan threw it in front only to have it go off the stick of an Ottawa defenceman and by Anderson to make it 3-1.

Malkin notched his seventh of the season less than two minutes later, ripping one by Anderson from the high slot.

NOTES: Fleury recorded the ninth assist of his career on Kennedy's goal ... Ottawa finished its six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 mark ... The crowd of 18,610 was the largest in the Consol Energy Center's history ... The Penguins travel to Montreal on Saturday, while the Senators return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at Scotiabank Place (5 p.m., Sportsnet Sens, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
01:19
OTT
Kaspars Daugavins (3) ASST: Erik Karlsson (18), Erik Condra (4)
1 - 0 OTT
01:46
PIT
Chris Kunitz (8) ASST: Sidney Crosby (3), Deryk Engelland (5)
1 - 1 Tie
03:25
PIT
Tyler Kennedy (3) ASST: Paul Martin (5), Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
2 - 1 PIT
07:21
PIT
PPG - Steve Sullivan (4) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (13), Sidney Crosby (4)
3 - 1 PIT
09:11
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (7) ASST: Kris Letang (16), Sidney Crosby (5)
4 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
03:45
PIT
Pascal Dupuis (5) ASST: Arron Asham (5), Tyler Kennedy (5)
5 - 1 PIT
15:46
OTT
Jared Cowen (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (4), Nick Foligno (5)
5 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
08:41
PIT
Jordan Staal (11) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (6), Paul Martin (6)
6 - 2 PIT
16:29
OTT
Erik Condra (2) ASST: Nick Foligno (6), Brian Lee (1)
6 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:48
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
01:48
PIT
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
05:34
OTT
Bobby Butler  Too many men/ice - bench
07:04
OTT
Zack Smith  Tripping against  James Neal
13:25
OTT
Filip Kuba  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:46
PIT
Paul Martin  Roughing against  Filip Kuba
2nd Period
11:22
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Tripping against  Evgeni Malkin
17:19
PIT
Arron Asham  Hooking against  Chris Phillips
3rd Period
02:44
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Elbowing against  Nick Foligno
02:44
OTT
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
06:46
PIT
Joe Vitale  Interference against  Nick Foligno
08:13
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Slashing against  Craig Adams
13:59
PIT
James Neal  Interference on goalkeeper against  Alex Auld
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 32TOI: 50:21
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .938SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
SA: 8TOI: 9:11
Saves: 4EV: 3 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
12-3-2
SA: 27TOI: 59:48
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1