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.
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