Gary made 44 saves in return, and the Penguins beat the Senators

pittsburgh – Tristan Gary He made 44 saves in his return from a lower-body injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at PPG Bent’s Arena on Friday.

Gary has missed seven games since his injury in the first period of the 2023 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston, losing 2-1 to the Boston Bruins on January 2. In a 3-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 23, 2019.

“I thought I could see the puck well,” said my neighbor. “I’ve had a little bit of time off. Obviously, it’s never easy to watch the games and it’s never easy to watch the guys go out every night and give their all, and you can’t just be there with them.”

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Jake Guentzel He had two goals and an assist, and Brian Rust He had assists for the Penguins (23-15-7), who have been 2-0-1 since losing eight of 10. They lost 5-4 in overtime in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Brady Tkachuk record f Cam Talbot Made 40 saves for the Sheiks (20-22-3), who lost three of four and five of seven.

“The guys kept pushing. They tried,” said Ottawa coach D.J. Smith. “I thought if you look at the chances, Gary made some unreal saves. If he wasn’t as hot as he is tonight, we could probably get a lot more.”

Richard Raquel And Jason Zucker He scored 43 seconds in to give Pittsburgh a two-goal halftime lead.

Raquel put the Penguins ahead 1-0 on a power play at 11:14, scoring from the left from the crease on a rebound after Guentzel deflected a point from a shot. Jeff Petriewho returned from a 16-game absence due to an upper body injury.

Zucker scored on the third straight game to make it 2-0 at 11:57 by holding off the defending Senator. Jacob Bernard Ducker Wrap a backhand around the left column. He has scored seven of his 13 goals this season in the past 11 matches.

“It’s just fun,” Zucker said. “Scoring goals is the reason you go into the game. Winning games, winning cups, that’s the goal here. For me, I know scoring helps win games.”

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Guentzel made it 3-0 at 17:12 of the second period, as he tapped a pass from Rust into the right face-off circle for an early shot.

“I thought there were momentum fluctuations in the game,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “There were times when Ottawa had them, there were times we had them. I thought shots came in flashes. They tend to come in flashes when they did.”

Tkachuk cut it to 3-1 at 18:55 with a single shot Sidney Crosby in the crease. Tkachuk had one goal and three assists on Wednesday, scoring the match-winner 25 seconds into extra time.

“We’re just trying to get our heads down and play the whole game,” said the Ottawa forward Derek Brassard He said. “We played with a good team. We were expecting a big push from them. We beat them in the last game… The bottom line is they took their chances, we didn’t put the ball in the net.

“They did a good job. We scored four solid goals in the last game, so we expected them to be a little tighter. It’s frustrating when you shoot so much and you have chances.”

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Gentzel scored his second goal at 6:13 of the third period to make the final 4-1, when a pass intended for Crosby went off the stick of Bernard Docker.

The Senators outscored the Penguins 21-12 in the third set.

“Both goalkeepers played well,” the Ottawa forward said Matthew Joseph He said. “But I think we made it too easy. I don’t think we were in front of goal enough. It was good, like I said, but it’s hard to score in this league.”

Notes: Guentzel is just the fourth Penguins player in the past 20 years to have six consecutive seasons with at least 40 points, joining Crosby (11 seasons from 2012-13 to 2022-23 and six seasons from 2005-06 to 2010-11), Evgeny Malkin (seven seasons from 2013-14 to 2019-20) and Chris Kunitz (six seasons from 2010-11 to 2015-16). … Joseph had four hits at 12:04 ice time in his first game since December 8th. He was a healthy scratch on Wednesday after being sidelined in the previous 17 games with a lower-body injury. … Pittsburgh forward Caspri Kabanin He did not play with a lower body injury. It’s a week for a week.

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