Mar 24, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby (87) and Ottawa Senators centre Jim O'Brien (42) chase the puck in the first period at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins Vs. Senators: Ottawa All Over Penguins, Beats Pittsburgh 8-4

Seven different Senators score goals as Pittsburgh missed a chance to take the Atlantic Division lead.

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Penguins Vs. Senators: Pittsburgh Misses A Chance To Take Eastern Conference Lead As Ottawa Wins, 8-4

The Pittsburgh Penguins missed a chance to pass the New York Rangers for the lead in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference Saturday night, as they fell to the Ottawa Senators 8-4.

Pittsburgh trailed 5-3 after 40 minutes, but cut the deficit to 5-4 when Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of the year 11:43 into the third period. However, from there, the Senators re-assumed control of the game as Jason Spezza made the score 6-4 with his 31st of the season at the 13:16 mark. Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa's only multiple-goal scorer on the evening, made it 7-4 at the 17:05 mark before Colin Greening finished the scoring with 1:52 left.

With the loss, the Penguins fell three points behind the New York Rangers in the race for top spot in the Atlantic Division as the Rangers defeated Toronto 4-3 in a shootout. Meanwhile, Ottawa moved just one point behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division, though the Bruins now have three games in hand.

For more on the Penguins, visit PensBurgh. For more on the Senators, visit Silver Seven. For the latest news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Penguins Vs. Senators: Ottawa Explodes In 2nd Period, Takes 5-3 Lead

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators have combined for five goals in a high-scoring second period at Scotiabank Place. With 40 minutes gone, it's the home team with a 5-3 lead.

Trailing 2-1 after the first period, Ottawa tied the game, 2-2 just 33 seconds into the period as Sergei Gonchar scored his fourth goal of the year. Then, the Senators struck for two goals just 36 seconds apart to take a 4-2 lead. The first goal, at 7:05 of the period, was Chris Phillips' fifth of the year and came while Matt Cooke was serving a two-minute penalty for goalie interference. Kyle Turris made the score 4-2 with his ninth goal of the year.

Pittsburgh cut their deficit back to 4-3 as Tyler Kennedy potted his ninth of the season. But Ottawa wasn't finished, and the Senators' longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson scored his 23rd goal of the year with 3:53 left in the period while teammate Jason Spezza was serving a two-minute tripping penalty.

Craig Anderson relieved Ben Bishop in net for Ottawa with 9:43 to go in the second period after Ottawa's starting netminder left the game with a lower-body injury.

For more on the Penguins, visit PensBurgh. For more on the Senators, visit Silver Seven. For the latest news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Penguins Vs. Senators: Matt Cooke's Two Goals Have Pittsburgh Up 2-1 After 20 Minutes

Matt Cooke has scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a 2-1 lead over the Ottawa Senators after one period at Scotiabank Place.

Milan Michalek gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at the 9:06 mark of the first period with his 33rd goal of the season. But Cooke drew the Penguins even just 40 seconds later, with an assist from Derek Engelland. Cooke gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the 13:01 mark of the first period, scoring his second of the night with assists from Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin.

Pittsburgh outshot Ottawa 15-10 in the first period, with Brad Thiessen stopping nine shots for the Penuins and Ben Bishop making 13 saves for Ottawa.

For more on the Penguins, visit PensBurgh. For more on the Senators, visit Silver Seven. For the latest news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Penguins Vs. Senators Preview: Pittsburgh Looks To Knock Off Struggling Ottawa

The Pittsburgh Penguins face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.

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