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Ruutu tallies in shootout, Penguins edge Senators

Mar 19, 2007 - 4:12 AM
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- When the Pittsburgh Penguins looked for an edge against the Ottawa Senators, they turned to Jarkko Ruutu.

Ruutu scored the lone tally in the shootout and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made it stand up as the Penguins posted a 4-3 victory over the Senators.

Sidney Crosby and defenseman Ryan Whitney each had a goal and an assist and Maxime Talbot tallied for Pittsburgh (41-21-10), which tied Ottawa (42-23-8) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 92 points apiece.

"As it stands right now, it's looking like we'll play them in first round so these kind of wins set the tone," Whitney said.

In the second round of the shootout, Ruutu cruised in and stuffed a backhanded shot past the pad of goaltender Ray Emery.

"His goal was weird, man," Emery said. "He came down really slow. A guy like that who doesn't get many minutes coming down in the shootout, you know he's got something coming up. It was a funny move. I didn't know what to expect."

Fleury stopped all three shots he faced, including a foot save against Antoine Vermette to seal the victory.

"I had a few moves and I just decided to go slow and see where it's going to be open and the five-hole happened to be open, so I took it," Ruutu said.

"When Fleury doesn't give up goals in the shootout, we have a pretty good chance to win," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It was also a nice goal by Ruutu tonight."

Crosby, who had just two assists in his five previous encounters against Ottawa, scored with a man-advantage at 4:03 of the second period to give Pittsburgh a short-lived 2-1 lead.

"The win was big," Crosby said. "I knew we were going to face a tough team. I don't think we had the best first period but we came on in the second two and played a little bit better."

After Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson tied the contest 61 seconds later, Crosby added his league-leading 108th point by setting up Whitney's goal with 2:55 left in the session.

"Sid made a nice one-time pass and luckily I kind of put it in off Emery," Whitney said. "We were fortunate to get that one and another power play goal, too."

However, defenseman Wade Redden tallied with 4:53 left in regulation for the Senators to forge a 3-3 tie.

"I thought we played well," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "If we play this team later on in the playoffs, I'll be very comfortable that we can compete at a good level." Fluery stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh, which has won five in a row and is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

Emery made 16 saves for Ottawa, which lost for only the second time in nine games here.








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 1 0 (0) 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 (1) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNE

    Mar 18 10:16 PM


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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 1 0 (0) 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 (1) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNE

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 1 0 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNEY, EVGE

    Mar 18 10:07 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 1 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNEY, EVGENI MALKIN)
    4:03
    OTT - D

    Mar 18 10:00 PM


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    OTTAWA 3
    PITTSBURGH 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - (PP) WADE REDDEN 7 (JASON SPEZZA, DANY HEATLEY) 15:07

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 2
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNEY, SERGEI GONCHAR)
    4:03
    OTT - DA

    Mar 18 9:06 PM


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    OTTAWA 2
    PITTSBURGH 3
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) RYAN WHITNEY 11 (SIDNEY CROSBY, SERGEI GONCHAR)
    17:05

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    OTTAWA 2
    PITTSBURGH 2
    2ND PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 26 (JOE CORVO, MIKE FISHER) 5:04

    Senators vs. PenguinsMar 18 8:39 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    PITTSBURGH 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SIDNEY CROSBY 32 (RYAN WHITNEY, SERGEI GONCHAR)
    4:03

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44
    OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTT 14

    Mar 18 8:12 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    PITTSBURGH 1
    1ST PRD: OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 18 (CHRIS KELLY, CHRIS NEIL) 11:10

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    OTTAWA 0
    PITTSBURGH 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - MAXIME TALBOT 11 (SERGEI GONCHAR, COLBY ARMSTRONG)
    10:44

    Senators vs. PenguinsMar 18 7:59 PM