The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-7-3) played the Ottawa Senators (15-8-2) on Monday. Marc-Andre Fleury would start for the Penguins. Craig Anderson would start for the Senators. Tom Kuhnhackl, Jake Guentzel, and Steve Oleksy would be the scratches for the Penguins. Marc Methot would be scratched for the Senators.
Bryan Rust would score at 1:45 of the 1st period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang with the assists. Kyle Turris would score at 8:18 to tie the game at 1. Ryan Dzingel and Chris Wideman with the assists. Sidney Crosby would score at 8:45 to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Conor Sheary and Ian Cole with the assists. Derick Brassard would get called for Interference at 10:49. Erik Karlsson would score at 13:44 to tie the game at 2. Mark Stone would have the lone assist. Mark Borowiecki would get called for slashing at 15:07. Penguins would have 21 shots to the Senators 11.
Patric Hornqvist would get called for slashing 33 seconds into the 2nd. Mark Stone would score on the powerplay at 1:00 to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. Dion Phaneuf and Erik Karlsson with the assists. Trevor Daley would get called for high sticking at 6:40. Mike Hoffman would score on the powerplay at 7:08 to make it 4-2. Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone would get the assists. Matt Murray would replace Fleury in net for the Penguins. Justin Schultz would get called for interference at 7:30 Matt Cullen would score shorthanded at 8:28 to make it 4-3 . Bryan Rust would get the lone assist. Phil Kessel would score at 14:13 to tie the game at 4. Justin Schultz and Ian Cole with the assists. Justin Schultz would score at 14:37 to give the Penguins a 5-4 lead. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel with the assists. Tom Pyatt would get called for high sticking at 14:56. The Penguins would have 11 shots in the 2nd to the Senators 10.
Evgeni Malkin would score at 1:05 of the 3rd to make it 6-4. Phil Kessel would get the lone assist. Dion Phaneuf would get called for high sticking at 2:05. Matt Cullen would get called for tripping at 4:48. Dion Phaneuf would score on the powerplay at 6:17 to make it 6-5. Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson would get the assists. Phil Kessel would get called for holding at 8:34. Chris Wideman would get called for slashing Bryan Rust while on a breakaway. Bryan Rust would score on the penalty shot.Bryan Rust would finish the hat trick with an empty net at 17:32 to make it 8-5. Chris Kunitz and Brian Dumoulin with the assists. Both the Penguins and Senators would have 13 shots in the 3rd period.
Penguins would go 0 for 4 on the powerplay. They would kill 2 of 5 penalties. Marc-Andre Fleury would make 12 saves on 16 shots. Matt Murray would make 17 saves on 18 shots. Bryan Rust would have 3 goals and 1 assist. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin would have 1 goal and 2 assists each. Justin Schultz would have 1 goal and 1 assist. Matt Cullen and Sidney Crosby would eash have a goal. Ian Cole would have 2 assists. Chris Kunitz, Conor Sheary, Brian Dumoulin, and Kris Letang would each have an assist. The Penguins are now 16-7-3.The Penguins play @ Florida Panthers on Thursday.