Pens down Senators 4-1 (30-Oct-2002)
Pittsburgh's power play stays red-hot in their 4-1 win over Ottawa. The Penguins add two more power play goals to their season total. Dick Tarnstrom, Jan Hrdina, Alexei Kovalev and Mario Lemieux score as Johan Hedberg makes 21 saves on 22 shots.
Lines: Morozov-Lemieux-Kovalev, Beech-Hrdina-Daigle, LaCouture-Primeau-Nieminen and McKenna-Manderville-Donovan.
Defensive pairings: Tarnstrom-Moran, Bergevin-Rozsival and Laukkanen-Pushor.
Goaltender: Johan Hedberg
Captain: Mario Lemieux
Alternate captains: Alexei Kovalev, Marc Bergevin
Ottawa jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a Daniel Alfredsson power play goal just over two minutes into the game. Alfredsson took a slapshot from between the points which went in under Johan Hedberg's legs.
Daniel Alfredsson (Power Play), Assists: Petr Schastlivy, Brad Smyth, 2:07
Dick Tarnstrom knotted the game at one on the power play at 6:28. Tarnstrom took a cross-ice pass from Aleksey Morozov and one-timed it by Ottawa goaltender, Patrick Lalime, from near the right faceoff dot.
Dick Tarnstrom (Power Play), Assists: Aleksey Morozov, Mario Lemieux, 6:28
Shots after one period were 10-4 in favor of Ottawa.
The Pens had a 2-1 lead when Jan Hrdina scored near the six minute mark of the second period. Alexandre Daigle intercepted a Lalime pass in the right corner and passed the puck to Kris Beech in the crease. Beech was unable to control the pass but Hrdina got to the loose puck and beat Lalime from in close.
Jan Hrdina, Assists: Kris Beech, Alexandre Daigle, 5:51
Alexei Kovalev increased the lead to two goals with his 8th of the season at 12:11. Off a faceoff, Mario Lemieux passed to Kovalev who one-timed it by Lalime from the inside of the left circle.
Alexei Kovalev, Assists: Mario Lemieux, 12:11
Shots after two were tied at 16.
The lone goal of the third was scored by Mario Lemieux on the power play at 2:56. Hrdina, in the right corner, passed to Lemieux in the slot who one-timed it by Lalime five-hole.
Mario Lemieux (Power Play), Assists: Jan Hrdina, Dick Tarnstrom, 2:56
Three Stars of the Game:
Mario Lemieux (1g, 2a)
Dick Tarnstrom (1g, 1a)
Johan Hedberg (21 saves)
Shots on goal: Pittsburgh - 19, Ottawa - 22.
Power plays: Pittsburgh 2 of 5, Ottawa 1 of 5.
Goalies: Ottawa, Patrick Lalime (19 shots, 15 saves).
Pittsburgh, Johan Hedberg (22 shots, 21 saves; record: 5-1-2).
Attendance: 17,987 at Corel Centre.
Scratches: Andrew Ference (IR - hernia), Martin Straka (IR - back), Josef Melichar (IR -shoulder), Randy Robitaille (broken foot), Vladimir Vujtek (shoulder) and Hans Jonsson.