"Obviously it's not the way you want to lose. When you get outshot 41 to whatever it is, that's not our game," Anderson said. "The way we were winning games was playing a 2-1 gritty hockey game, taking away the other team's chances and capitalizing on our opportunities. Tonight Pittsburgh played their system to a tee and they capitalized on our mistakes."
After Kennedy gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in an otherwise uneventful opening period, the teams scored three goals in just over three minutes to start the second.
Staal's ninth of the season put Pittsburgh up 2-1 at 1:21 of the second period. Staal scored into an empty net from the top of the crease following a few seconds of chaos surrounding Anderson.
Shannon scored for the Senators less then a minute later to cut the Penguins' lead in half, but Lovejoy restored the two-goal cushion at 3:05 in the second when moved in from the point and sent a shot from the top of the face-off circle through Anderson's legs.
Cooke put Pittsburgh up 4-1 at 7:35. The goal was upheld by a video review to ensure Cooke did not kick the puck into the net.
Michalek scored the only goal of the third period.
Despite holding a 13-6 advantage in shots the Penguins only led 1-0 after the first period.
Martin took a point short that was heading wide before Kennedy redirected the puck off both posts and in behind Anderson for a 1-0 Penguins lead at 9:14.
It was just the second goal in eight games for Kennedy, who has 16 on the season.
The Senators recalled defenseman Andre Benoit and forward Jim O'Brien from AHL Binghamton for Tuesday's game. ... Ottawa is 17-6-1-5 in its last 27 games against Pittsburgh since April 22, 2003. ... The Penguins recalled defensemen Corey Potter and Steve Wagner from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Tuesday's game in Ottawa. ... The Penguins were missing eight players due to injury or illness Tuesday. Included in that list are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. ... Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a 30-11-5 record and a goals-against average of 2.12 and a save percentage of .928 since Nov. 12.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Marc Joannette Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 19,249 (104.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tyler Kennedy (16)
Assists: Paul Martin, Chris Kunitz
Jordan Staal (9)
Assists: Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz
Ryan Shannon (7)
(Power Play) Assist: Nick Foligno
Ben Lovejoy (2)
Assists: Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz
Matt Cooke (12)
Assists: Dustin Jeffrey, Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek (3)
Assists: Dustin Jeffrey, Alex Kovalev