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Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 10, 2022
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: T.J. Luxmore, Garrett Rank
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 500

Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust scored goals and Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced Thursday as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0.

It was DeSmith's eighth career shutout, his second this season and the second of his career against Ottawa.

DeSmith was 0-0-1 in his previous three starts, getting pulled early in two of those contests, and was playing in just his 11th game of the season.

The Penguins won their second straight following a four-game losing streak (0-1-3).

The Senators had won two straight and are 5-3-1 in their past nine.

Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray, who made 42 saves, was playing in his first game against his original team. He helped Pittsburgh win two Stanley Cups before falling out of favor and being traded. He had won two straight starts and was 3-0-1 in his previous four games.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who had an assist, entered the game with 499 career goals but did not reach the major milestone of 500. He had six shots, which tied for the game high.

Crosby is aiming to become the 46th NHL player, second active and second in Pittsburgh history to reach 500 goals.

He had a scare about midway through the third period when he took a puck off the inside of his left knee. Crosby spent some time on the bench wincing in pain but was able to continue.

After a scoreless first, Carter picked up the only goal of the second. From above the left hash marks, he one-timed a setup from Kris Letang in the far circle for a rising blast short side at 7:25.

The assist gave Letang points in 15 of the past 18 games.

Rust added an empty-netter with 11.3 seconds left.

Pittsburgh played without center Evgeni Malkin, who was released from COVID-19 protocol but not in time to meet the requirements to enter Canada.

Attendance at Canadian Tire Centre was limited to 500 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Pittsburgh   Ottawa
Jeff Carter 1 Points N/A
Jeff Carter 1 Goals N/A
Sidney Crosby 1 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Casey DeSmith 1.000 Save Percentage Matt Murray .977
Casey DeSmith 26 Saves Matt Murray 42
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 44 2 0-2 1-1 2 23
Ottawa 26 0 0-1 2-2 4 24
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Boston. The Senators have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .370 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against New Jersey. The Penguins have a W/L % of .690 after a win and .474 after a loss.