Pittsburgh (12-32-11) at Ottawa (35-12-5) 7:30 pm EST
OTTAWA (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators figure to have a good
chance of snapping out of their recent funk Monday when they
host rookie phenom Sidney Crosby and the reeling Pittsburgh
The Senators established themselves as one of the top teams in
the Eastern Conference but have fallen five points behind the
conference-leading Carolina Hurricanes after losing three of
their previous four games.
Dominik Hasek made 26 saves Saturday but was beaten by rookie
Thomas Vanek's highlight-reel move in the shootout as Ottawa
dropped a 2-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres, who trail the
Senators by four points in the Northeast Division.
Bryan Smolinski scored the only goal for the Senators, whose
only win in their last four contests has come against the
Penguins, who own the worst record in the NHL.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson tallied twice, including one of
Ottawa's three shorthanded goals in Thursday's 7-2 victory over
Pittsburgh, which was playing without Crosby.
It was the Penguins' fourth straight loss, a streak that was
extended to five in Saturday's 5-4 shootout setback to the New