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James Neal lifts Penguins over Ottawa Senators, 2-1 in a shootout

Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris, left, pushes back as Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby defends in front of the net during first period NHL hockey action at the Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
January 27, 2013 - 5:13 PM

OTTAWA - James Neal scored in regulation and in a shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, with the winner, also scored in the shootout for Pittsburgh (4-2), which snapped a two-game skid.

Colin Greening scored a second-period goal for the Senators (3-2-1), while Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris collected shootout goals after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Milan Michalek with the first attempt.

The Senators had a golden opportunity to win in regulation when Erik Karlsson’s slap shot from the slot sailed just wide of Fleury with less than 40 seconds to play.

Jakob Silfverberg had a chance in overtime for the Senators, but after stealing the puck at his own blue-line from Chris Kunitz, he was tracked down on a breakaway by Ben Lovejoy before he was able to get a shot off.

Greening’s first goal of the season for the Senators at 13:44 of the second came after miscues from both teams. Spezza had the puck in the Penguins end and although his shot was stopped by Fleury, Greening was there for the rebound and he tucked it in from along the goal line.

Neal's one-timer at 13:31 came after a cross-ice pass from Malkin, who has five assists this season.

Notes: Dustin Jeffrey, Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres were scratches for the Penguins. ... Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Wiercioch were scratches for the Senators. ... Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has played 298 career games in the NHL and should play No. 300 at home against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday. ... Malkin’s first-period assist tied him with Rick Kehoe for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time assist list with 324.

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