Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Ottawa leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Game 3: Thursday, January 22nd
Game 4: Sunday, February 22nd

Senators 1

(8-6-2, 20 pts)

Penguins 2

(5-10-1, 14 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
OTT 0 0 1 01
PIT 1 0 0 12

S. Caron (Penguins - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

R. Malone (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Melichar (Penguins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Malone puts back rebound for win

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Honored before the game as the first hockey player born and trained in Pittsburgh, Ryan Malone delivered a perfect ending.

Malone scored off a rebound at 2:40 of overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"So far, so good this year," Malone said after signing autographs for a local youth hockey team after the game.

"I should have buried one in the second period, so it definitely felt good to get a second chance. It's a great feeling, an unbelievable feeling, when you put everything on the line out there and win," said Malone, son of former Pittsburgh center and current head scout Greg Malone.

A backhander by Mike Eastwood was stopped by Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime, but Malone scooped up the rebound and scored his fifth goal of the season and second in overtime. He beat the Boston Bruins with an overtime goal on Nov. 1.

"It was great for him to get the game-winner in front of all the youth hockey players here in Pittsburgh," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "He is one of our young players who we gave a legitimate opportunity in training camp, and he took advantage of it."

The Senators, who have won three of their last 11 games (3-5-0-3), forged a 1-1 tie at 9:58 of the third period on Zdeno Chara's power-play goal, but were frustrated by Pittsburgh goaltender Sebastien Caron.

"We were working very, very hard but couldn't score another goal," said Chara. "We didn't give up, but it cost us a lot of energy.

"They're a young team and they work very hard, and not many people give them the credit they deserve."

The victory, coupled with a 2-1 overtime loss in New Jersey on Friday night, gave the Penguins three out of a possible four points against the teams that played in the Eastern Conference finals last spring.

"To get three points against New Jersey and Ottawa is great," said Caron, who made 31 saves in his first home victory since April 2. "We're still thinking about making the playoffs, and every point is big right now."

For just the second time in 19 games this season, the Penguins held the lead at the end of the first period. Tomas Surovy, playing his fifth game since being recalled from the AHL, scored on a wrist shot from 25 feet when the shot glanced off Lalime's glove at 6:40.

The Senators' Jason Spezza had a goal disallowed at 10:24 of the first period when he was penalized for tripping Caron.

Caron make a dazzling glove save on a Chara slap shot midway through the second period when the Penguins killed a 1:16 two-man advantage by Ottawa, which entered the game with the NHL's best power play.

"We didn't create enough five-on-five," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We didn't get enough pucks at the net. They plugged the middle in their defensive zone and we didn't get there."

Game notes

The Penguins have just five victories through 19 games. The only Pittsburgh team with fewer wins after 19 games was the 1968-69 team, which had three. ... The Senators played without Daniel Alfredsson (knee) and Martin Havlat (hamstring) and scratched Anton Volchenkov. ... The Penguins scratched Brian Holzinger and Ramzi Abid for the second consecutive game. ... Ottawa, which played 11 of its first 17 games at home, travels to New York to face the Rangers on Sunday and plays in Atlanta on Tuesday. ... Alfredsson is not expected to play against the Rangers. ... The game featured a second period fight between 6-foot-9 Chara of Ottawa and 6-8 Steve McKenna of the Penguins.

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