The Ottawa rookie got his first win in more than a month, Peter
Schaefer had two goals and an assist, and the Senators extended
Pittsburgh's losing streak to six games with a 5-2 win over the
Penguins on Monday night.
Emery made 22 saves for his first victory since a 4-3 win over
the New York Islanders on Dec. 30. Emery, who set an NHL record
Nov. 29 with his ninth straight win to begin his career, had
allowed 17 goals while being pulled from two of his last three
starts, all losses.
"We won tonight but I made more mistakes than I did in some of
the past games," Emery said. "When you lose as a goaltender
you're definitely under a magnifying glass. Just to get a win maybe
put that whole, I haven't won in a while, behind me and gives me a
chance to work on the things I need to work on and start fresh with
the next game."
"I haven't felt that great lately, the last three or four games
I've been struggling," Schaefer said. "We haven't been getting
the bounces out there as a team. Fortunately we got a few bounces
tonight and hopefully that'll help my confidence and the team's."
Ryan Malone and Eric Boguniecki scored for Pittsburgh, which
lost 7-2 to the Senators at home Wednesday. The Penguins have
dropped 16 of 17.
Schaefer assisted on Smolinski's 5-on-3 goal 10:33 into the
second which put Ottawa up 3-1 before adding his own power-play
goal at 11:39 to increase the lead to three.
"We gave them momentum there when they got those goals and any
time you give a great team like that chances they're going to take
advantage of them," Penguins rookie Sydney Crosby said. "We just
weren't able to fight those off and that was really the difference
in the game."
Boguniecki, who assisted on Malone's opening goal 1:14 in,
scored his third 15:34 into the second to draw Pittsburgh to 4-2.
Schaefer restored the Senators' three-goal lead 51 seconds into
the third when he put a nifty move on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
before beating him with a well-placed backhand for his second goal
of the game, an unassisted effort for his 13th of the season.
"I've seen that before," Smolinski said. "A couple of years
ago against Philadelphia he made that same move. He's got a couple
of tricks in his bag and as long as he keeps bringing them out at
the right time, we'll take them."
Malone was in the right place to open the scoring just more than
a minute in. Emery got his glove on Boguniecki's shot and the puck
dropped into the crease behind him where Malone swatted a backhand
into a wide-open net.
Schubert tied it at 8:57 and Chara put the Senators ahead to
stay at 2-1 with his 11th goal 7:46 into the second.
Ottawa center Chris Kelly left with an unspecified upper body
injury 15:17 into the second after he caught the brunt of an
open-ice collision with Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.
Penguins rookie Michel Ouellet injured his right knee when he
fell heavily into the boards early in the third period after he was
checked by Senators defenseman Chris Phillips. Assistant trainer
Scott Johnson came onto the ice to attend to Ouellet, who leaned on
teammate Tomas Surovy for support as he skated off the ice.
"The doctor said it's probably not something major," said
Ouellet, who walked with a limp following the game and will have
the knee re-examined Tuesday in Pittsburgh. "At least I can walk
on it a little bit, so that's a good thing."
Crosby made his Ottawa regular-season debut. Crosby, who
didn't skate with the team earlier in the day, was interviewed by
about a dozen members of the media -- including TV reporters from
both of Canada's national sports networks -- two hours before the
game. ... C Steve Martins dressed for the Senators after he was
recalled from Binghamton of the AHL earlier in the day. ... The
crowd of 19,877 was Ottawa's 17th straight sellout. The Senators
have sold out 23 of their 27 home games.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Mike Leggo, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 19,877 (107.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Ryan Malone (13)
Assists: Eric Boguniecki, John LeClair
Christoph Schubert (3)
Assists: Juha Ylonen, Antoine Vermette
Zdeno Chara (11)
Assists: Chris Kelly, Antoine Vermette
Bryan Smolinski (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrej Meszaros, Peter Schaefer
Peter Schaefer (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Chris Neil, Bryan Smolinski
Eric Boguniecki (3)
Assists: Ryan Malone, Josef Melichar