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Sens win eighth in a row

Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, left and Ruslan Fedotenko can’t deflect a shot past Brian Elliot, who made 30 saves in Ottawa’s 4-1 win.

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Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, left and Ruslan Fedotenko can’t deflect a shot past Brian Elliot, who made 30 saves in Ottawa’s 4-1 win.

at Hurricanes 2 0 2 4
Islanders 0 0 1 1
PITTSBURGH — Brian Elliot made 30 saves to lead the Senators past the Penguins 4-1 on Thursday for their eighth consecutive win

Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa, whose win streak ties a franchise record set Oct. 13-Nov. 6, 2007.

With No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire injured throughout much of the season, Elliott has taken advantage of the playing time. He has been in net for Ottawa's past six victories, allowing only six goals.

He shut down Pittsburgh after Evgeni Malkin scored his sixth goal in six games on a shot from the right circle high to the glove side.

The closest the Penguins came to scoring from there was when Kris Letang shot the puck into the net moments after the horn sounded to end the second.

Fisher tied it at 1 10:06 into the first with his 18th goal, a tap-in into an open net off a feed from Foligno moments after Fisher's wrist shot hit the post.

The Senators took the lead for good 3:33 later when Kelly tapped in a loose puck into an open net while standing in front of the crease following a shot by Jarkko Ruutu for his 10th of the season.

Spezza scored for the third consecutive game since returning from missing 20 games because of a knee injury; He got his eighth goal of the season 4:27 into the third. Foligno added an empty-netter.

Game highlights: Eric Staal had a goal and an assist as the host Hurricanes beat the Islanders 4-1. Staal has six goals in the four games since being named captain Jan. 21. … Anze Kopitar scored twice as the visiting Kings beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 and tied a season high with their fourth consecutive win. Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick made seven of his 29 saves during the first two minutes. … Jim Slater's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie as the visiting Thrashers beat the Flyers 4-3. Philadelphia lost for the first time in 23 games when leading after two periods.

Around the league: San Jose's Dan Boyle, whose 43 points entered Thursday third among defensemen, missed his third game because of an upper-body injury. The Sharks previously said they hoped he would play. … The Wild called up goalie Wade Dubielewicz to back up Josh Harding while No. 1 Niklas Backstrom rests his sore back. Dubielewicz, 30, previously appeared in 40 games over four seasons for the Islanders and Blue Jackets.

Senators 2 0 2 4
at Penguins 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 19 (N.Johnson, Fedotenko), 1:34. 2, Ottawa, Fisher 18 (Foligno, Carkner), 10:06. 3, Ottawa, Kelly 10 (Ruutu, Neil), 13:39. PenaltiesCooke, Pit (interference), 10:38; Volchenkov, Ott (tripping), 15:13; Rupp, Pit (hooking), 18:25; Kovalev, Ott (hooking), 18:33.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKovalev, Ott (interference), :44; Crosby, Pit (slashing), 5:00.

Third Period4, Ottawa, Spezza 8 (Alfredsson, Michalek), 4:27. 5, Ottawa, Foligno 8 (Karlsson), 18:32 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalOttawa 13-11-4—28. Pittsburgh 11-11-9—31. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 3; Pittsburgh 0 of 3. GoaliesOttawa, Elliott 16-11-3 (31 shots-30 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 26-15-1 (27-24). A17,084 (16,940).

at Hurricanes 2 0 2 4
Islanders 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Carolina, Staal 18 (Sutter, Cullen), 9:19 (pp). 2, Carolina, Cullen 10, 12:12. PenaltiesBailey, NYI (tripping), 7:52; Sutton, NYI (hooking), 17:31.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesA.Ward, Car (tripping), 13:07; Tavares, NYI (hooking), 18:48.

Third Period3, Carolina, Yelle 3 (Dwyer, Gleason), 9:40 (sh). 4, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 20 (Nielsen), 15:29. 5, Carolina, Jokinen 16 (Staal, Whitney), 19:15 (en). PenaltiesAlberts, Car (hooking), 9:19. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 9-3-15—27. Carolina 12-5-6—23. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; Carolina 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 2-3-0 (22 shots-19 saves). Carolina, C.Ward 13-19-5 (27-26). A15,473 (18,680).

Kings 1 1 2 4
at Jackets 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Los Angeles, Greene 2 (Frolov), 11:05. PenaltiesSmyth, LA (hooking), 3:18; Harrold, LA (interference), 6:17.

Second Period2, Los Angeles, Kopitar 21 (Smyth, Simmonds), 15:46. PenaltiesRoy, Clm (interference), 12:07; Simmonds, LA (interference), 17:52.

Third Period3, Los Angeles, Smyth 16 (Brown), 4:05. 4, Los Angeles, Kopitar 22 (Stoll, Doughty), 9:26 (pp). 5, Columbus, Vermette 17 (Huselius), 10:38. PenaltiesCommodore, Clm (hooking), 7:27; Pahlsson, Clm (hooking), 7:54. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 7-8-3—18. Columbus 14-4-12—30. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 1 of 3; Columbus 0 of 3. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 29-16-3 (30 shots-29 saves). Columbus, Mason 13-18-6 (18-14). A13,709 (18,144).

Thrashers 1 0 3 4
at Flyers 0 3 0 3

First Period1, Atlanta, Slater 6 (Kane), 19:11. PenaltiesSlater, Atl (holding stick), 4:29; Kubina, Atl (interference), 7:27.

Second Period2, Philadelphia, Giroux 11, 6:52. 3, Philadelphia, Asham 6 (Giroux, van Riemsdyk), 10:13. 4, Philadelphia, Carcillo 7 (Laperriere, Betts), 13:17. PenaltiesRichards, Phi (hooking), 7:14.

Third Period5, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 31, :29. 6, Atlanta, Peverley 17 (Kubina, White), 4:26. 7, Atlanta, Slater 7 (Kane), 13:28. PenaltiesLittle, Atl (hooking), 1:06; Hartnell, Phi (slashing), 5:01; Asham, Phi (tripping), 7:41; Boulton, Atl (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:19; Thorburn, Atl, major (fighting), 11:19; Asham, Phi, major (fighting), 11:19; Tollefsen, Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:19; Briere, Phi (goaltender interference), 17:30. Shots on GoalAtlanta 7-13-8—28. Philadelphia 12-12-13—37. Power-play opportunitiesAtlanta 0 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 3. GoaliesAtlanta, Hedberg 12-8-4 (37 shots-34 saves). Philadelphia, Emery 14-11-1 (28-24). A19,611 (19,537).

Sens win eighth in a row 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:10pm]

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