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After their offense keyed consecutive victories to open the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins' poor defense has led to back-to-back defeats.
The Penguins likely have to tighten things up Sunday night when they visit the Ottawa Senators, one of the highest-scoring teams in the Eastern Conference through the first week.
Playing on the road for the fourth time in its first five games, Pittsburgh (2-2-0) looks to come out of its difficult season-opening stretch with a winning record.
The Penguins and Senators have picked up where they left off after ranking first and fourth, respectively, among the NHL's top goal-scoring clubs last season.
Pittsburgh has scored 13 through four games, including nine in road victories over Philadelphia and the New York Rangers to begin the year.
The Penguins, however, will try to improve defensively to avoid a third straight loss after allowing nine goals in their last two contests.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start at Otta...
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Sidney Crosby fed his inner Canadian by walking to his team's pre-game skate.
''I just wanted to get outside and experience a Canadian winter again,'' said Crosby, whose Pittsburgh Penguins play the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. ''Believe it or not you miss it a little bit. You miss seeing the snow.''
Winnipeg delivered on the snow with a side...
from Chris Johnston now of Sportsnet,
What stands out most during a few days around the Penguins in the early stages of the 48-game season is how significantly Crosby's narrative has changed. No longer is he asked endlessly about the well-documented concussion and neck injuries that cost him most of the last two seasons.
Even the frustration stemming from a lockout took...
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The offensively dynamic Pittsburgh Penguins stopped their losing skid at two by playing a stellar defensive game Sunday. And they did so with a depleted blue line. Marc-Andre Fleury matched Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson save-for-save through 65 minutes -- then made one more stop than his opposite number in the shootout -- as the Penguins left Scotiabank...
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Evgeni Malkin's shootout goal was the difference as the Pittsburgh Penguins ended their two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators Sunday at Scotiabank Place. Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who had allowed three goals in nine periods leading up to the shootout, couldn't make a save in the tie-breaking procedure, as James Neal...
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
Neal also scored in regulation to help the Penguins snap a two-game skid.
Colin Greening scored a second-period goal for the Senators (3-2-1), and Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout. But Milan Michalek...
A high scoring second period put the Lightning behind the Ottawa Senators going into the third period of Friday’s matchup. But a pair of third period goals by Ryan Malone put Tampa Bay ahead for good as they beat the Sens 6-4. The Lightning got on the board first with a power play goal by Matt Carle just a little over a minute into the game. Ottawa followed that up with four goals...
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-0) @ Ottawa Senators (3-1-0)
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Scotiabank Place - Kanata, ON
The Pens travel to the middle of nowhere Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario to face off against the Ottawa Senators. Since the Penguins have lost *OMG* two games in a row, it'll be interesting to see if they can bounce back today.