Senators Vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh Loses Fifth In A Row, Falling 5-1 To Ottawa

Brent Johnson gave up three goals on eight shots, as the Pens fell behind 4-0 early and were never able to get back in it.

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Senators Vs. Penguins Final Score: Pittsburgh Loses Fifth In A Row, Falling 5-1 To Ottawa

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost their fifth game in a row on Tuesday night, falling 5-1 to the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center. With Brent Johnson getting the start in net, the Ottawa Senators raced out to a 4-0 lead, forcing coach Dan Bylsma to pull Johnson after he gave up three scores on just eight shots. The Pens would outshoot the Sens 30 to 23, but the early four goal deficit all but ended this one by the second period.

Evgeni Malkin was the only Pen able to solve Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, scoring an unassisted goal on a Sergei Gonchar turnover. Malkin took a big blow from Gonchar right after the goal, but managed to gather himself after being down on the ice momentarily. Simon Despres, however, did not return after sustaining a lower-body injury in the first period.

Despres adds to the walking wounded. This was Pittsburgh's first game without Jordan Staal, who's out four to six weeks with a knee injury. James Neal, who was expected to be out week with what was originally a broken foot, was active after it was announced as simply a bruised foot. Neal saw nearly 17 minutes of ice time for the Pens. Craig Adams, who Bylsma said aggravated a previous injury on Sunday, played almost 12 minutes.

Wounded and carrying a five-game losing streak, the Pens now head out on a three-game road trip which begins Wednesday night in Washington, DC.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Penguins, visit SB Nation's Pens blog,Pensburgh. For perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation's Senators blog, Silver Seven. For all your NHL news, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Senators Vs. Penguins Score Update: Pittsburgh Outshooting Ottawa But Trailing 4-1 After Two Periods

After two periods at Consol Energy Center, the Pittsburgh Penguins trail the Ottawa Senators 4-1. The Pens have outshot the Sens by a 22-13 mark, but Ottawa managed to beat goalie Brent Johnson for three goals on just eight shots. Marc-Andre Fleury has since taken over for the Pens, who are playing without Jordan Staal. James Neal, who was initially expected to be out "weeks," was active after it was revealed that he had only a bruised foot.

Down 4-0, the Penguins finally got on the board mid way through the second period when Evgeni Malkin scored his 17th goal of the season. Malkin beat Sens goalie Craig Anderson on an unassisted play, as Sergei Gonchar tried to play it in the corner and clear it but put it right onto Malkin's stick. Geno took it in and flipped it up and over the right leg of Anderson but immediately paid a price as he was slammed into the post and net. It was a late shot by Gonchar and Malkin was down on the ice momentarily, but did get up and appear to be fine.

One Penguin who did appear to have a more serious injury was Simon Despres, who is out for the game with a lower-body injury.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Penguins, visit SB Nation's Pens blog, Pensburgh. For perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation's Senators blog, Silver Seven. For all your NHL news, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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James Neal, Craig Adams To Play Against Senators

The Trib’s Josh Yohe tweeted that both Craig Adams and James Neal are set to suit up for the Penguins when they take on the Ottawa Senators at the Consol Energy Center tonight.

Reports, mostly originating from Yohe, surfaced on Sunday detailing an apparent knee injury suffered by Adams on Sunday’s practice as well as the announcement that both Neal and Jordan Staal would be out for a number of weeks.

Staal’s status remains unchanged, but apparently Neal plans to play through what was described as a serious malady, one that could seriously hamper his effectiveness on the ice. As for Adams, perhaps the injury looked much worse than it was in all actuality.

Either way, their re-addition to the lineup will act as a serious boost, even if just in a morale sense, for the struggling Penguins.

UPDATE: James Neal's injury is apparently not a break, but a bruise. Initial X-Rays gave the appearance of a broken foot but a further MRI confirmed that it was just a bruise. Playing on it won't worsen the injury, it'll just be incredibly painful.

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James Neal Skates During Practice, Status Against Senators Unknown

The penguins have been absolutely decimated by injuries so far this season, but there might be some hope on the horizon that they might soon be getting some of their players back as they head into a game against the Senators on Tuesday night. James Neal was all but ruled out of this game, but now according to a series of tweets, Neal took the ice for practice this morning.

But it also seems that Neal's status for tonight's game may not have changed. Neal reportedly skated for a few minutes before leaving the ice and heading back to the locker room with the Penguins trainer. If he were in fact ready to return to the lineup, he probably would have been a much more equal participant in practice.

In more injury news Craig Adams was also able to return to the ice for practice today.

For more on these developments and everything else relating to the Penguins game tonight, please head over to PensBurgh.

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Senators Vs. Penguins: Tuesday Matchup Pits Two Teams Going In Opposite Directions

The Senators are 5-0-1 in their last six games, while the Penguins are losing one player after another to injury.

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