January 27, 2013
NHL teams still finding their way to start season
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

Pens star forward Evgeni Malkin is seen during practice at the Bell Sensplex in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun)

If you wanted a picture of what this strange NHL season is all about at this point, it would be of Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.

There was a brilliant pass that led to the Penguins only goal of regulation, a cross-slot setup that Pittsburgh winger James Neal buried with a flourish.

There was a gaffe in the neutral zone, overskating a puck waiting to be plucked for a counterattack that instead went to Senators centre Jason Spezza, who motored down the wing and took a shot that created the rebound for Colin Greening to score the Senators only goal of regulation.

In the overtime, there was an horrendous, behind-the-back pass high in the Senators' slot by Malkin that led to a Senators' rush.

Finally, in the shootout, Malkin scored the winner, following up both Neal and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in beating Senators goaltender Craig Anderson for a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory.



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