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Senators beat Penguins for fifth straight win

Senators beat Penguins for fifth straight win PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators won't be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2011 but at least they could go into the offseason on a high note. Centers Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored during the shootout as the Senators closed their season with a 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. Ottawa won its fifth straight game, a season high.

Preview: Flyers at Penguins

While the Pittsburgh Penguins are locked in as the Metropolitan Division champions, the Philadelphia Flyers can finish in a variety of different spots as the postseason nears. With a potential Eastern Conference first-round playoff meeting in the cards, the Keystone State rivals wrap up their regular-season series in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Flyers dropped the first meeting with the Penguins before rolling off three straight victories.

Preview: Hurricanes at Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins conclude their stretch of playing six of seven games at home when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh went 1-3-0 on a four-game homestand, needing overtime for its only victory, before edging the Blue Jackets 2-1 in Columbus. The Penguins returned home to post a 4-1 triumph over Chicago as James Neal and Lee Stempniak scored 21 seconds apart midway through the first period before captain Sidney Crosby tallied twice in the third.

Penguins sink Columbus to clinch playoff berth

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a spot in the National Hockey League playoffs courtesy of a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The three-time Stanley Cup champions, who last won it all in 2008-09, had third period goals from Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett. The snap shots came within 47 seconds of each other midway through the period after the opening two were scoreless. Pittsburgh then held on despite a late powerplay goal to Blue Jacket James Wisniewski.

Preview: Kings at Penguins

While chasing the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins can move closer to a different goal Thursday as they entertain the Los Angeles Kings. The Penguins have a double-digit lead over the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan and can inch toward the division title with a victory over the Kings. Los Angeles is one of the few teams from the West locked into a playoff spot, sitting comfortably in sixth place with nine games remaining on the schedule.

Preview: Blues at Penguins

The St. Louis Blues cap their weekend tour of Pennsylvania on Sunday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in a battle of division leaders. The Penguins hold a comfortable lead atop the Metropolitan Division, while the Blues are four points clear of Chicago in the Central. St. Louis defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 at home on Nov. 9 in the only other meeting between the teams in the last two years.The Blues have dropped the first two contests of their four-game road trip, getting outscored 8-1 in that span. Despite those losses, St.

Preview: Stars at Penguins

For as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins played in a home-and-home sweep of the Washington Capitals, they were nowhere near as effective en route to back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins will be looking to establish some consistency Tuesday night as they welcome the Dallas Stars to Consol Energy Center. The Stars have also dropped two in a row, most recently a 7-2 thumping at the hands of the host Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Preview: Flyers at Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't willing to point the finger toward their litany of injuries as a reason for their lackluster performance in the opener of a home-and-home set with the Philadelphia Flyers. "It's something we've been dealing with all year, and we've found a way," captain Sidney Crosby said after the Penguins' 4-0 loss in Philadelphia. "Now isn't the time to make excuses." The teams will travel west across the Keystone State when they reconvene in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Preview: Sabres at Penguins

The Buffalo Sabres attempt to post back-to-back victories for the first time in over a month when they visit the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Buffalo is looking to win consecutive games for the first time since defeating Winnipeg and Boston at home on Dec. 17 and 19, respectively. The Sabres snapped a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) with a 5-2 triumph at Columbus on Saturday as defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored a goal and set up two others while Cody Hodgson added a tally and an assist.

Preview: Penguins at Stars

The Dallas Stars lost nine of their first 10 games this month, but they appear to have turned the corner following a pair of impressive victories. Dallas opened its five-game homestand by routing Minnesota (4-0) and Toronto (7-1) but faces a major challenge when the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins pay a visit Saturday. “We’ve found our confidence back again,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “We know how we have to play to win hockey games. I think we’ve seen that the last two games.”
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