- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Comrie scored the deciding goal in the shootout and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.

Comrie skated slowly down the right side of the slot, faked to his backhand, hesitated while pulling the puck buck, and slid a forehand shot that hit goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s right pad and trickled in off the left post.

The third successful shot ended the tiebreaker on the 10th attempt.

Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in regulation for Ottawa, which trailed 3-1 with eight minutes left but improved to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.

Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost two straight shootouts after a seven-game winning streak. The Penguins have gone to a shootout in a franchise-record four straight games.

Daniel Alfredsson beat Fleury on the first shootout try by swooping in from the right wing and flipping a backhander under the crossbar. Crosby sent the shootout into extra rounds by scoring between Brian Elliott’s pads.

Elliott stopped Kris Letang, Petr Sykora and Evgeni Malkin during the shootout, and Chris Kunitz’s shot sailed over the net. Elliott has won his past five decisions.

Pittsburgh, 9-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma, appeared in control while leading by two goals in the third. The Penguins had been 19-3-4 when leading after two periods.

Foligno made it 3-2 with eight minutes left in regulation when he flipped a wrist shot from the far side of the left circle that beat Fleury high on the stick side.

Phillips tied it 1:54 later when he went to the net and slammed home the rebound of Dany Heatley shot. It was the defenseman’s sixth of the season.

Ottawa controlled the final minutes of regulation and overtime when a power play helped the Senators build an 11-1 shot advantage.

Godard, primarily a fighter, has played sparingly since the trade deadline earlier this month. He scored his second of the season and first since Dec. 13 6:05 into the game.

Campoli tied it 2:31 later with a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic.

Crosby gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with his 27th at 5:56 of the second off a pretty setup by defenseman Mark Eaton.

Crosby has at least one point in nine straight games _ including all five since he came back from a groin injury that caused him to miss four. He has six goals in seven games.

Kennedy completed a 2-on-1 with Matt Cooke late in the second for his 12th of the season and third since Jan. 31.

Notes:@ The Penguins haven’t beaten the Senators at home in regulation since Oct. 16, 2001. … Crosby, who has seven points in four games, hadn’t scored against Ottawa in the regular season since March 18, 2007. … Penguins C Maxime Talbot played his 250th NHL game.

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