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Pens/Sens preview: the road behind us

Regular season matchups don't mean too much now, but it's the only thing we've got as the waiting game continues.  So let's turn an eye back and check out how the four Pittsburgh Penguin/Ottawa Senator matchups.

Game 1: October 12, 2009.  Pens roll over Sens 4-1

--Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal combine for three goals, Marc-Andre Fleury shuts the door with 30 saves on 31 shots to win the first game of the season just about a week into the young year.  Pascal Leclaire was the goalie for Ottawa and Milan Michalek scored the lone Senator goal.

Game 2: November 19, 2009.  Senators smoke the Pens 6-2

--This game came at about the height of the Pens defensive injuries.  Only 2 blueliners from this November game (Mark Eaton, Sergei Gonchar) will be in the lineup.  Still, on the strength of two Chris Phillips third period goals and Leclaire stopping 25 of 27 shots the Sens easily brushed aside Pittsburgh here.

Game 3: December 23rd, 2009.  Celebrating Festivus in style: Pens destroy Sens 8-2

--Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick, Bill Guerin had 2 goals and 2 assists and Chris Kunitz went 1g, 3a as the Pens opened up a can just before the holiday break.  Lost in all of this is Fleury stopping 45 of 47 shots.

Game 4: January 28th, 2010. Ottawa wins 8th straight, drops Pens 4-1

--Ottawa scores four unanswered goals on Fleury and his broken finger and splits the season series.