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Comrie settles shootout in Sens' win over Pens

Mar 14, 2009 - 11:20 PM
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Too quick for his own good, Marc-Andre Fleury let the winning shot slowly trickle past him.

Mike Comrie slid the deciding goal in the shootout past Fleury, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.

Comrie skated slowly down the right side of the slot, faked to his backhand, hesitated while pulling the puck back and slid a forehand shot that hit Fleury's right pad and just squeaked in off the left post.

"Squeak into the corner?" Comrie said, laughing. "I had a pretty good view. It was a pretty hard shot.

"He is a quick goaltender, so sometimes getting him to move side to side, you might be able to catch him. I just tried to make a quick move, and I saw him come across pretty quick."

The third successful shot ended the tiebreaker on the 10th attempt.

Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in regulation for Ottawa, which trailed, 3-1, with eight minutes left but improved to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.

"We didn't quit," Comrie said. "The third period was well-executed, and in overtime, I think we outchanced them by a few chances. Anytime you get a win, especially when you're down a couple of goals going into the third period, you realize your character."

Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost two straight shootouts after a seven-game winning streak. The Penguins have gone to a shootout in a franchise-record four straight games.

The Penguins surrendered what could be a valuable point in the tightly packed Eastern Conference playoff chase.

"We had a two-goal lead and got away from our game a little bit and didn't finish them off and let them back in it," said Crosby, who has at least one point in nine consecutive games. "We left it up to chance, and they had the better shooters today."

Daniel Alfredsson beat Fleury on the first shootout try by swooping in from the right wing and flipping a backhander under the crossbar. Crosby sent the shootout into extra rounds by scoring between Brian Elliott's pads.

Elliott stopped Kris Letang, Petr Sykora and Evgeni Malkin during the shootout, and Chris Kunitz's shot sailed over the net. Elliott has won his past five decisions.

Pittsburgh, 9-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma, appeared in control while leading by two goals in the third. The Penguins had been 19-3-4 when ahead after two periods.

"I think that's been a trend for us," Elliott said. "We haven't come out as fast as we wanted to, but we've been able to hold the fort a little bit."

Foligno made it 3-2 with eight minutes left in regulation, when he flipped a wrist shot from the far side of the left circle that beat Fleury high on the stick side.

"When you're up 3-1, you can't let them get the momentum," Fleury said.

Phillips tied it 1:54 later, when he went to the net and slammed home the rebound of Dany Heatley's shot. It was the defenseman's sixth of the season.

"It's pretty impressive how we can come back in the third period playing three games in a short time (four days)," Alfredsson said. "Especially against a team that is desperate like the Penguins."

Ottawa controlled the final minutes of regulation and overtime, when a power play helped the Senators build an 11-1 shot advantage.

Godard, primarily a fighter, has played sparingly since the trade deadline earlier this month. He scored his second of the season and first since December 13 6:05 into the game.

Campoli tied it 2:31 later with a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic.

Crosby, who has scored in all five games since he came back from a groin injury that caused him to miss four, gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with his 27th - and sixth in seven games - at 5:56 of the second off a pretty setup by defenseman Mark Eaton.

Kennedy completed a 2-on-1 with Matt Cooke late in the second for his 12th of the season and third since January 31.

"We bent, but we didn't break," Clouston said. "I thought we played very well as the game went on."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 1 0 2 0 (2) 4
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 (1) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05
    OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36
    2ND PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 27 (MARK EATON, JORDAN STAA

    Senators 4, Penguins 3  Final - 2OTMar 14 5:46 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 0 2 0 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05
    OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36
    2ND PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 27 (MARK EATON, JORDAN STAAL) 5:56

    Mar 14 5:40 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 1 0 2 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05
    OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36
    2ND PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 27 (MARK EATON, JORDAN STAAL) 5:56
    PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 12

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    OTTAWA 3
    PITTSBURGH 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - CHRIS PHILLIPS 6 (DANY HEATLEY, JASON SPEZZA) 13:54

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    OTTAWA 2
    PITTSBURGH 3
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 1 0 1
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05
    OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36
    2ND PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 27 (MARK EATON, JORDAN STAAL) 5:56
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    OTTAWA 1
    PITTSBURGH 3
    2ND PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 12 (MATT COOKE) 18:26

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    OTTAWA 1
    PITTSBURGH 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 27 (MARK EATON, JORDAN STAAL) 5:56

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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 - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05
    OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36
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    1ST PRD: OTT - CHRIS CAMPOLI 9 (JARKKO RUUTU, JESSE WINCHESTER) 8:36

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    1ST PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 2 (PASCAL DUPUIS, BROOKS ORPIK) 6:05

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