Senators defeat Penguins, 4-3, in OT

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Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner scored 7:06 into the third overtime to beat the Penguins, 4-3, in Game 5 of an opening-round series tonight at Mellon Arena.

Carkner's shot from the point deflected off Penguins winger Matt Cooke and into the net.

Game 6 will take place Saturday night at Scotibank Place in Ottawa.

Ottawa held a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. The Senators scored their goals 68 seconds apart to take early command.

Mike Fisher nothced the first goal on a power play, deflecting in an Erik Karlsson shot from the point at 10:25. Jarkko Ruutu scored again at 11:33 after steering in a Nick Foligno centering pass.

The Penguins made it 2-1 at 18:05 on a power play when Kris Letang snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Ottawa goaltender Pascal LeClaire.

The Penguins tied the score at 2-2 with a goal near the end of the second period when Chris Kunitz knocked a rebound past Leclaire. The goal originally was disallowed because referee Brian Pochmara believed the net was dislodged, but a replay review showed the net remained on its moorings.

The Penguins dominated play in the second period, outshooting the Senators, 19-5.

The Penguins appeared to take the lead at 3:22 of the third period. Kunitz deflected a Sergei Gonchar shot past Leclaire on a power play, but the goal was disallowed because his stick was above the crossbar.

Sidney Crosby did give the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 9:01 of the third period. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma decided to put Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the ice at the same time, and his decision paid off.

Karlsson attempted to skate in front of his own net, but he turned the puck over. Malkin retrieved it in the corner, drove toward the net and got off a shot. Karlsson failed to clear the rebound, and Crosby drove the puck into the back of the net as he was being dragged to the ice by Zack Smith.

The Penguins' first lead of the game was short-lived, though. The Senators tied the score 1:23 later when Peter Regin beat Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on a slap shot.

The Penguins outshot the Senators during regulation, 42-23.

Nick Foligno appeared to notch the game-winning goal 2:05 into overtime, but referee Dan O'Halloran ruled Foligno kicked the puck into the net. A replay review upheld O'Halloran's decision.

The Senators had the better of the play in the first overtime period. They outshot the Penguins, 11-6. The Senators had two power plays in the first overtime; the Penguins had one.

The second overtime had fewer chances, with the Penguins registering seven shots and Senators six. Neither team had a power play.

Through regulation and the first two overtime periods, the Penguins outshot the Senators, 55-40.

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230.


Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230.


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