NHL: Penguins clamp down on Senators in win

OTTAWA, ON – Matt Murray made 21 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Patric Hornqvist, Jake Guentzel and Riley Sheahan scored in a 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Penguins (11-7-3), who ended a four-game road losing streak (0-2-2), have won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 24 and 26.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored, and Craig Anderson made 26 saves for Ottawa (8-4-5), which lost for the first time in three games.

Center Matt Duchene had five shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in 17:31 in his home debut with the Senators, who played their first game in North America since defeating the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and Saturday in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series in Stockholm. Duchene was acquired from the Avalanche on Nov. 5 in a three-team trade that also involved the Nashville Predators.

Murray’s best save came against Mike Hoffman during an Ottawa power play at 13:48 of the first period. Hoffman one-timed Mark Stone’s no-look, backhand pass across the slot, but Murray stopped it with the palm of his blocker hand as he rolled across the crease to keep it 0-0.

Hornqvist and Guentzel each scored on a deflection late in the second period.

At 16:10, Hornqvist redirected a shot by Olli Maatta to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. It was his seventh goal.

Guentzel scored his sixth of the season with nine seconds left in the period when he deflected a Brian Dumoulin shot past Anderson.

Pageau skated around Dumoulin and scored his second goal of the season at 10:29 of the third period to make it 2-1.

Sheahan scored into an empty net with 31 seconds left to make it 3-1. It was his first goal for Pittsburgh since being acquired in a trade from the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 21.