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.