Opening-night giveaway

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:12 AM ET

STOCKHOLM -- With all the personnel changes, the new look behind the bench, the talk about a fresh, harsher attitude and even with opening the season in Europe, it all looks so much the same today for the Ottawa Senators.

A turnover by Jason Spezza late in overtime. Suspect goaltending by Martin Gerber.

They cost the Senators a game they should have won yesterday. Instead, despite leading going into the third, they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the season opener for both clubs at the Globe Arena.

"I was just trying to win the hockey game and sometimes I get a little carried away and try to do it all myself," said Spezza, who tried to stickhandle by Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy at the Penguins blue line with about 30 seconds to go in overtime. "I'm a big boy and I can take criticism. I'll learn from it."

Kennedy stole the puck, skated into the Ottawa zone and his shot found a hole in Gerber -- something that happened often last night. It was Kennedy's second goal of the game, the first coming just 40 seconds in.

"He (Spezza) just kicked the puck up and I just tried to get the puck towards the net and shoot as hard as I can," Kennedy said of the game-winning goal.

"I try to get as many pucks on the goal as I can, and tonight they went in."

The Senators will have another go at the Penguins today and don't be surprised if Alex Auld gets the start in the Ottawa net.

Gerber looked suspect on Kennedy's first goal and had a shot by Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi from the left-wing circle beat him under the arm to tie it 3-3 early in the third.

Shean Donovan, Dany Heatley and Spezza had given the Sens a 3-2 lead after two periods. Evgeni Malkin, on a short-handed breakaway, also scored for the Penguins.


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