Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hagelin and Crosby Each Score Twice, Pens Beat Senators for Seventh Straight Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hagelin and Crosby Each Score Twice, Pens Beat Senators for Seventh Straight Win

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Hagelin, Penguins extend win streak

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OTTAWA - Even when playoffs are out of reach, it hurts to give away victories.

The Ottawa Senators coughed up a three-goal lead on Tuesday en route to a 5-3 loss against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was a scenario seen one too many times this season and just one of the reasons the Senators won't be advancing to the post-season.

"Losing sucks," said Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond.

"The way our season has gone is a tough pill to swallow. You don't get used to it. It never gets easier. It feels the same way it did game 50 or game 10. It's just not fun at all."

Carl Hagelin and Sidney Crosby led the way with two goals each. Patrick Hornqvist rounded out the scoring as Pittsburgh (47-25-8) won its seventh straight game. Rookie goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves in his fourth start.

Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (36-35-9). Hammond faced 27 shots.

"We let them get back into it," said Smith. "We didn't do a good enough job of shutting them down."

Tied 3-3, the Senators failed to score on a 1:32 two-man advantage to try and regain the lead and then midway through the period Kris Letang sprawled across the crease to make a huge save behind Murray that looked like a sure goal.

Then a harmless looking shot from Hagelin found its way past Hammond to make it 4-3 Pittsburgh.

"It looked like it was going to be a back-door pass and I just kind of opened up too much and he was able to squeak it off the post," said Hammond.

"It's just a save I have to make."

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he was impressed by his team's resiliency despite falling behind early.

"The mindset of the group right now is there's a mental toughness there that we can battle through some of that adversity even though we're not at our best," said Sullivan. "I didn't think we were. …

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