Penguins Vs. Senators: Ottawa Rides Five-Goal Second Period To 6-4 Win Over Pittsburgh

Ottawa scored five goals on ten shots against Brent Johnson in the second period, pacing them to a 6-4 win over the Pens.

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Penguins Vs. Senators: Ottawa Rides Five-Goal Second Period To 6-4 Win Over Pittsburgh

In the first of two back-to-back games this weekend, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 6-4 to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night at Scotiabank place. A fast and furious eight goal second period was the difference. Brent Johnson, who was given the start to rest Marc-Andre Fleury before tomorrow's game against the Sabres, allowed five goals on just 10 shots in the second period. The disappointing performance from Johnson led Dan Bylsma to make the call for Fleury in the third period with the Pens down 5-3 with about fifteen minutes remaining.

But even with Fleury in net, the Senators would extend their lead to 6-3 when Jason Spezza went five hole on the Pittsburgh netminder. Spezza finished the night with four points for Ottawa, scoring two goals and adding two assists in that wild second period.

With a minute remaining in the game, Chris Kunitz scored his tenth of the season to cut it to 6-4 but it was obviously too little too late for Pittsburgh. While the Pens managed three goals in the second, including two on the power play, they were outpaced by the peppering of Johnson. Without Sidney Crosby, and Jordan Staal, who was scratched due to the continuing lower body injury, the Pens simply could not afford to give up six goals. They have little time to lick their wounds, as they return home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

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Penguins Vs. Senators Score Update: Frenetic Eight Goal Second Period Finishes With 5-3 Lead For Ottawa

After a boring scoreless first period in Ottawa, the Penguins and Senators lit up the scoreboard in the second period. It didn't take long, as the Sens scored the first goal of the game just 25 seconds into the period. That would be just the first of three goals on three consecutive shifts, as Pittsburgh and Ottawa went back and forth in just the first two minutes of the period.

Colin Greening was the Senator to strike first, beating Pittsburgh to the the front of the net to take a perfect centering pass from Jason Spezza. Just over a minute later, Arron Asham found Steve Sullivan to even it at one. Asham faked a hard slap shot from the right wing, instead putting a soft pass on Sullivan's stick as he streaked in front. Sullivan went top shelf to beat Alex Auld. Ottawa would re-take the lead just thirty seconds later, when the Pens failed to clear it from their zone. Erik Karlsson knocked down the bouncing puck at the blue line, fed it to Daniel Alfredsson in the corner who centered it to an open Spezza, who blew a slap shot by Brent Johnson from nearly point blank range.

The three goals in the first two minutes were just the beginning however, and set the pace for what would be an eight goal period. Alfredsson would make it a two goal lead for Ottawa 6:45 into the period, beating Johnson low by grabbing a loose puck off the boards and firing it through traffic in front. Spezza initially poked the puck off the boards to Alfredsson, giving him his third point of the period.

Steve Sullivan would match Spezza, however, with three points of his own in the period. Sullivan would assist on two power play goals in just over a minute of play, drawing the Pens even at 3-3. He found Matt Niskanen on the first power play, as Niskanen slammed home his second goal of the year.  A minute later, Evgeni Malkin would notch his 12th of the season just eight seconds into the second power play, beating Alex Auld to make it 3-3. Malkin fired it from the high slot with Chris Kunitz providing the screen in front.

But at 3-3, Ottawa would yet again take another two goal lead before the period was out. A minute after Malkin's goal, Jared Cowen score his fourth of the season to give Ottawa the lead yet again at 4-3 on a flukey shot from the left board. Then, with less than 6 seconds remaining in the period, Zenon Konopka would score a power play goal for a 5-3 advantage. With five seconds left, that would be it for both teams, as the back-and-forth ended with 8 goals in twenty minutes. The Sens scored five goals on just 10 shots against Brent Johnson.

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Penguins Vs. Senators Score Update: Scoreless First Period Passes With Few Chances On Either End

After the first period at Scotiabank Place, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are locked in a scoreless tie. There was little action in the first twenty minutes, as neither team had a real opportunity to put a goal on the board. The Penguins outshot the Senators 11 to 9, but it was a relative snoozer. At the end of the first, the Senators had a three on one chance but failed to even get a shot off.

The Friday night matchup is being played without a number of offensive stars, including Ottawa and league-leading goal scorer Milan Michalek. In addition to Sidney Crosby, who continues to be out indefinitely, Jordan Staal was scratched due to a nagging lower body injury. Staal was questionable for the Pens Tuesday night matchup and gave it a go at the last minute. He labored at certain times on the ice, including trying to get back to cover a three on two that ended with a Detroit goal. Friday, he was kept off the ice by coach Dan Bylsma. In addition to the injuries, Marc-Andre Fleury is getting the night off with goalie Brent Johnson in net for this first of back-to-back weekend games.

For more on the Penguins, please visit Pensburgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Silver Seven, SB Nation's Senators blog.

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Penguins Vs. Senators: Pittsburgh Opens Back-To-Back Set With Visit To Ottawa

The Penguins can improve to 2-0 against the Senators this season with a victory Friday night.

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