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Streaking Crosby, Pens visit Senators

Dec 26, 2010 - 3:36 PM (Sports Network) - Owner of the longest point streak since 1992-93, Sidney Crosby puts his 23-game run on the line this evening when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place looking for a fourth straight victory.

Crosby extended his career-best streak in Thursday's 3-2 shootout victory in Washington, notching a goal and an assist to give the Penguins captain 23 goals and 22 assists during his burst. Crosby leads the NHL with 29 goals and 60 points thanks to the longest point streak since Mats Sundin's 30-game streak with Quebec in 1992-93.

Crosby hasn't been held without a point since Nov. 3.

Marc-Andre Fleury came up big with 32 saves and Pascal Dupuis had the winner in the seventh round of the shootout as the Pens knocked off the Capitals in a preview of the fourth annual Winter Classic that is set to be played between the two teams on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field.

Chris Kunitz also scored as the Penguins won for the 15th time in their last 17 games and now have an NHL-leading 50 points on the season.

"When the puck drops it's exactly what the build-up means," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "It's always a show for the fans and that's who these games are for. Picking up the win here always feels good."

Pittsburgh also won for the eighth time in its last nine games on the road, where it is 12-4-1 this season.

Fleury is 6-7-1 with a 3.67 goals-against average in his career versus the Sens, while Crosby has three goals and 13 helpers in 19 games against them.

Ottawa will try to slow down Crosby tonight and win for just the fourth time in its last nine games. The club improved to 3-3-2 over its last eight on Thursday with a 2-1 victory in Nashville.

Brian Elliott made 25 saves and was backed by goals from Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno.

"It's just a good road win," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "The power play got us the winning goal. I thought we played a real solid period in the third. It's a nice way to go into the Christmas break."

Ottawa will play its next two at home, but has lost six of its last seven as the host.

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire did not travel to Nashville, but could play tonight for the first time since Dec. 16 because of a lower-body injury. He is 2-3-0 with a 3.23 GAA lifetime versus the Penguins, while Elliott is 2-1-0 with a 3.76 GAA when facing them.

The Penguins own a pair of home wins over the Senators this year, giving them a victory in three of the last four meetings. Pittsburgh has dropped three of its last four in Ottawa and has just four victories in its last 12 trips there.