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Ottawa takes advantage of slumping Pens

12/29/2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Marian Hossa and Daniel Alfredsson made
themselves right at home at Mellon Arena.

Hossa and Alfredsson each scored two goals as Ottawa beat the
slumping Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday night, the Senators'
third victory in 23 games in Pittsburgh.

"We talked about this building before the game and how we
always have a tough time winning here," Hossa said. "I don't know
why that was but finally we came out and played hard and won this
game."

The Senators also discussed losing back-to-back games to the
Penguins in October.

"It was something we had on our minds tonight," goalie Patrick
Lalime said. "Lucky for us, Mario Lemieux was not in tonight. That
probably helped but I thought we dominated that game from the first
to the last minute."

Lemieux missed his 19th consecutive game with a hip injury. The
Penguins, also without forward Martin Straka (broken leg), are
1-6-2 since a three-game winning streak from Dec. 4-8.

"We're making too many mistakes at the wrong time," Penguins
coach Rick Kehoe said. "We're not scoring a lot of goals so we
can't make those mistakes. We make mistakes and they wind up in our
net."

Hossa had his third two-goal game of the season and raised his
season total to 14. His first goal, at 19:24 of the first period,
broke a 1-1 tie and put the Senators ahead to stay.

Hossa then scored on a power play at 2:56 of the second. He was
credited with the goal when his centering pass deflected in off
Pittsburgh defenseman Josef Melichar's skate for a 3-1 lead.

Dan Lacouture scored short-handed for the Penguins at 4:40 of
the second period, sweeping a shot past Patrick Lalime's glove as
he was knocked to his knees.

At 1:57 of the third, Hossa and Radek Bonk worked a 2-on-1 after
Pittsburgh's Alexei Kovalev turned the puck over in the neutral
zone. Goalie Johan Hedberg overplayed the shooter and Bonk waited
for an opening, then put a shot around Hedberg to make it 4-2.

"He made a great play," Hedberg said. "I thought I had him
for sure. He held it, held it, held it. I didn't think he had an
angle but apparently he did. There couldn't have been much. He made
a great play."

Alfredsson scored his 17th goal at 7:07 of the first period.

He got his 18th on a 2-on-1 at 16:15 of the third, putting a
shot just under the crossbar.

Tom Kostopoulos scored on his first NHL shot at 7:32 of the
first period for the Penguins.

The Senators lost left wing Petr Schastlivy to a right knee
injury after a first-period collision with Jan Hrdina.

"It doesn't look good," coach Jacques Martin said. "It looks
pretty severe, unfortunately."

Schastlivy, 22, was just recalled from Grand Rapids and had an
assist on Alfredsson's first goal.

Game notes
Bonk has five points in his last two games. ... The
Senators are 15-1-1-0 when they lead after two periods. ...
Penguins F Kevin Stevens has gone 21 games without a goal. His only
goal this season came on Oct. 23. ... Kostopoulos, a seventh-round
draft pick in 1999, was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the
AHL when former No. 1 pick Milan Kraft was demoted.