Penguins look to gain ground on Devils

13 February 2013 12:06:38 EST
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who lost twice over the weekend to the New Jersey Devils, will look to move to within a point of the Atlantic Division leaders when they face the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

This after the Carolina Hurricanes did the Penguins, 2000/1 to win the Stanley Cup, a favour by doubling up the Devils 4-2 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Jiri Tlusty scored twice for the second consecutive game as the visitors pulled away in the third period.

Ottawa trail the Boston Bruins, 6/5 to win this season's Stanley Cup, by a couple of points in the Northeast Division following Tuesday's results.

The Senators welcomed in the Buffalo Sabres to the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa and managed to keep Thomas Vanek, the NHL's leading scorer, quiet in a 2-0 shutout of the visitors.

Erik Karlsson scored his sixth of the year at 15:20 of the second period and, less than two minutes later, Erik Condra also lit the lamp for the Senators for all the scoring that Craig Anderson would need as the Ottawa netminder turned away all 42 shots that he faced.

The struggles of the Tampa Bay Lightning continued, as they tasted defeat for the fifth consecutive game. Victor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo tied the game at three with under a minute to play on Tuesday only to see the visiting Montreal Canadiens win in the shootout.

Both sides return to action on Thursday when the Washington Capitals arrive at the Tampa Bay Times Forum while the Canadiens make the trip to South Florida to face the Panthers.

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