Aston-Reese scores first two NHL goals as Penguins top Senators
Jake Guentzel scored twice, and Zach Aston-Reese added his first two career goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3 Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins scored three times in the second period and held a 4-2 lead after
two despite being outshot 25-11.
Overall, Ottawa held an 33-28 lead in shots but goalie Matt Murray helped the
Penguins with his 30 saves.
Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang each added one goal and one assist.
Sidney Crosby scored his 400th goal in Sunday's game and had three assists --
one on each of the Aston-Reese goals.
Pittsburgh now has won a season-best nine straight games at home.
This was the first time Ottawa returned to Pittsburgh since the Penguins
scored a double-overtime victory in Game 7 of last year's Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead on a Guentzel power-play goal 4:07 into the game
when he redirected a Justin Schultz shot into the net.
The Senators tied it on Derick Brassard's goal 4:18 into the second period.
However, the Penguins then scored three in a row over a stretch of 6:12 for a
Guentzel started everything 52 seconds after the Ottawa goal when he put away
the rebound of a Phil Kessel shot. Malkin made it 3-1 at 10:01 with an assist
from Carl Hagelin.
Malkin took a behind-the-back pass from Hagelin to the right of goalie Mike
Condon and then wheeled around and put a backhander in on the short side.
Aston-Reese was playing in his fifth NHL game, and he scored his first goal to
stretch the lead to 4-1 just 1:21 later after a Crosby assist.
Craig Anderson then replaced Condon, who allowed the four goals on only nine
shots. Colin White scored for Ottawa later in the period before Letang scored
his goal in the third period.
Matt Duchene scored for the Senators with 5:39 to go in the third period.
Aston-Reese finished the scoring with an empty-net goal.
--Field Level Media