A Jark, stormy night

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Given the weather conditions outside, it was only appropriate the Senators let one slip away last night.

A frustrated Senators goalie Martin Gerber smashed his stick over the net after Jarko Ruutu backhanded the puck through the five-hole to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 shootout victory at Scotiabank Place.

"It's always frustrating," said Gerber. "I definitely want a goal or two back but it happens."

The Senators have lost back-to-back games for the first time season -- and have dropped 3-of-4 -- but this one was ugly. And painful.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson hurt his groin in overtime -- the reason why he didn't take part in the shootout -- and will be re-evaluated today.

"The reason we have fallen, is we are taking useless penalties," said coach John Paddock.

SQUANDERED LEADS

While the Senators shut down Sidney Crosby, they seemed to forget the rest of the Penguins.

The Senators couldn't protect two, two-goal leads. Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson combined for seven points, while Christoph Schubert and Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa.

"We had spurts," said Spezza. "We should have won with all the chances we had towards the end."

With the Sens up 5-3 in the third, sloppy defensive errors allowed Ryan Malone and Sergei Gonchar to skate in untouched and beat Gerber, who didn't have one of his better games.

It was also looking bleak for the Senators in the second, when Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Malone and Tyler Kennedy scored to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

The Kennedy goal was a wakeup call for the Senators.

Spezza's second of the night, on a shot that beat Dany Sabourin on the glove side to tie it 3-3 at 14:20 of the second, gave the club some much-needed momentum.

Then, Heatley's blast on the power play at 16:15 gave the Senators the lead. After scoring only one goal in a 10-game stretch, Heatley has now scored three in the club's last three games.

Malone's second of the game at 5:56 of the third brought the Penguins within a goal.

The Senators were fortunate that Schubert's goal at 1:04 of the third was the result of a good bounce on a shot by Andrej Meszaros from the point to give Ottawa a 5-3 lead.


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