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Pens/Sens Recap: Pittsburgh plays well in one period, salvage one point in Ottawa

Rickard Rakell scores his first goal of the year and narrowly misses another; the Pens slow start and stumble at the end

Pittsburgh Penguins v Ottawa Senators Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Quick cap tonight with the holiday season in full swing. The Penguins’ slow start has them working uphill almost all game, but they turned the tide in the third period enough to force overtime and at least get something to show from the trip to Ottawa. That something wasn’t the full compliment of two points, thanks to Tim Stutzle’s OT winner.

It was a tale of two very different versions of the same game for Pittsburgh. In the first 40 minutes they only mustered 11 shots on goal and were in a 4-2 hole. Power play woes prevented them from taking control of a game against an Ottawa team that entered the night 70.7% on the PK and giving up four or more goals in their last six games (all losses).

Finally in the third period, the visitors got to work, flipping the script in a frantic way to try and make up for their deficit in time. The Pens outshot Ottawa 24-4 in the third period and took even more momentum when Drew O’Connor tipped in a goal early in the third to bring the Pens within one. From then on, the tying and even game-winning goal felt like only a matter of time. But it was time that shorted Pittsburgh and reset the momentum for the 3-on-3 action.

Enjoy these highlights, if you can, as we break for Christmas. The Pens play again on Wednesday in Long Island. Pittsburgh’s gone 4-1-1 in the last six but the schedule is about to bring them a bunch of divisional opponents in the next few weeks that could lock in the team’s overall course for the season.