Penguins halt losing streak with win over Senators, 4-2

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The Penguins halted a two-game losing streak by beating the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, tonight at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins got the only goal of the first period when Pascal Dupuis, set up by Sidney Crosby, swiped the puck inside the right goal post to make it 1-0 at 16:23.

Ottawa scored twice in 24 seconds in the second period.

From beside and almost behind the net, Stephane Da Costa threw the puck at Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The puck dribbled off of and behind Fleury, making it 1-1 at 10:31.

Erik Condra got a puck along the boards at center ice and set up Jim O'Brien, whose fluttering shot glanced in off of Fleury's glove to make it 2-1 at 10:55.

The Penguins tied it, 2-2, at 13:47 of the second period on James Neal's power-play goal. His rocket from the right circle was set up by Crosby, who earned the 400th assist of his career.

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, left in the final minute of the second period when his left leg apparently got cut when he was hit into the corner boards by the Penguins' Matt Cooke.

Cooke figured in on a go-ahead goal as the Penguins took a 3-2 lead at 1:52 of the third period. Cooke, in front of the Ottawa net, deflected a Deryk Engelland shot that goaltender Craig Anderson stopped. The rebound, though, slid over to Neal, who had plenty of time and space to poke it in behind Anderson.

Crosby scored on a rebound at 11:42 of the third period, just after a Penguins power play expired, to make it 4-2.

The Penguins next play Friday night at Winnipeg.

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Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly


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