Bylsma records 200th career victory with 3-1 Penguins win over Senators
April 23, 2013 2:30 AM
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The Penguins' Dustin Jeffrey celebrates a goal against the Senators with Pascal Dupuis during the first period.
By Dave Molinari Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OTTAWA -- The Penguins stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 victory against Ottawa at Scotiabank Place tonight.
Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun, appearing in his 700th NHL game, recorded his 300th victory.
The victory was coach Dan Bylsma's 200th, as he reached that milestone faster than any coach in NHL history. The Ottawa game was Bylsma's 316th behind the bench; the previous record-holder, Bruce Boudreau, needed 326.
Beating the Senators raised the Penguins' record to 35-10 and guaranteed Chicago would not be able to clinch first place in the overall standings with a victory in Vancouver later tonight.
In addition to their usual list of injured players -- forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal and defenseman Paul Martin -- the Penguins played without goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Kris Letang and forward Beau Bennett.
Fleury's wife was reported close to giving birth to the couple's first child, Letang had food poisoning and Bennett is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
None of them accompanied the team here.
Dustin Jeffrey gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the opening period, as he took a cross-ice pass from Brenden Morrow and beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson from above the right hash.
Pascal Dupuis got the second assist on that goal, Jeffrey's third of the season.
Jarome Iginla made it 2-0 at 10:28, when he set up at the right side of the crease and converted a Morrow pass from behind the goal line.
Jeffrey, a healthy scratch for nine of the previous 10 games, received the second assist.
Ottawa finally got a puck past Vokoun during a power play at 7:18 of the third, as Patrick Wiercioch beat him with a slap shot while Brenden Morrow was serving a tripping minor.
Tyler Kennedy restored the Penguins' two-goal advantage at 17:26, however, as he punched in a feed from Matt Cooke.
The Penguins will play Buffalo Tuesday at 7:38 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. That game had been set for last Saturday, but was rescheduled when the Penguins' game in Boston last Friday was postponed until the following day.