Pittsburgh Penguins Overcome Two Losses, Defeat Ottawa Senators in Shootout

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The Pittsburgh Penguins returned to form in last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.  After two losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, the Penguins got back to consistency throughout an entire game and wpn against the Senators in a shootout by a score of 2-1 at Scotiabank Place.

After the two losses, another loss could’ve been detrimental to the Penguins and been more than a minor slump; it could’ve been the beginning of an ugly losing streak with a lack of momentum on their side.  Now they can carry this into their next game on Tuesday against the New York Islanders and rack up a few more wins.

Contributions came from both James Neal (a goal in regulation and in the shootout) and Evgeni Malkin (winning shootout goal) in tonight’s game and with a variety of players scoring goals throughout the last few games will only make Pittsburgh harder to stop as opposing teams will not know who to focus on defending.

Last night’s game was definitely an important win if only to gain the momentum for the rest of the shortened season and for the team to gain the confidence that’s necessary to have a successful run towards the playoffs; something that the Penguins don’t always have by way of stats, but something they should have when it comes to the talent of its players.

The Penguins return home to the CONSOL Energy Center on Tuesday to play the Islanders on home ice.  Puck is set to drop at 7:30 pm (est).

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), and her Facebook page

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