'Frustrating' defeat

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- If this is a first-round playoff matchup, bring it on!

With the Senators and Penguins battling for the No. 4 spot in the East and maybe destined for a first-round playoff series, Sidney Crosby had a two-point night in a 4-3 shootout victory over Ottawa in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,142.

Jarkko Ruutu scored the winner for Pittsburgh on the second shot of the shootout, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Mike Comrie, Dean McAmmond and Antoine Vermette.

Wade Redden, Daniel Alfredsson and Vermette scored in regulation. The two teams are now tied for fourth place in the East.

Alfredsson was incensed at referee Don Koharski for an interference call midway through the third with Ottawa on the power play. Alfredsson argued the call on the way to the box and was restrained by a linesman.

"There were a lot of calls that left me upset (last night)," said Alfredsson. "If they don't get those power plays, they don't have a chance to be in the game.

"It's unbelieveable. It's frustrating when you play as well as we did and you're not able to come away with the two points."

The Senators were down 3-2 after 40 minutes mainly because Fleury was able to cover up a bunch of juicy rebounds.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien was incensed at Ottawa coach Bryan Murray.

Therrien accused Murray of talking to the Senators players and, at one point, the officials had to separate the coaches as they went to the dressing room after the first period."

"He was talking to my players," said Therrien. "I told him: 'Don't talk to my players.' "

Crosby scored his first goal in six career games against Ottawa at 4:03 of the second with Anton Volchenkov in the box for goalie interference.


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