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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.