Senators 1, Penguins 1, tie
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins, struggling offensively without injured star Jaromir Jagr, got only 17 shots and few good scoring chances in a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
The Penguins are 0-2-2 since Jagr injured his hamstring a week ago Monday in Tampa and are 1-0-4 in five home games. Ottawa is 1-14-4 all-time in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 1-5-3 overall without Jagr this season and has not scored more than three goals in its last 10 games.
Jagr had surgery Friday to remove a blood clot from his left thigh. He is to begin physical therapy later this week, but is not expected to play again until at least mid-March.
Both teams missed opportunities to improve their positions in the muddled Eastern Conference playoff race. Ottawa slipped three points behind fifth-place Washington, a 3-2 winner over the New York Islanders, and stayed six points ahead of Pittsburgh. The seventh-place Penguins missed a chance to open a three-point lead on the eighth-place New York Rangers.
The Penguins shook themselves from a lethargic start to take a 1-0 lead on Matthew Barnaby’s eighth goal at 8:21 of the first.
With the Civic Arena crowd of 16,081 unusually quiet during a dump-and-chase start in which neither team generated any momentum, Barnaby suddenly broke free on a breakaway off Jan Hrdina’s lead pass and put the puck between Patrick Lalime’s pads.
Barnaby, never known as an offensive forward, has two goals and an assist in his last three games.
Lalime, the former Pittsburgh goalie who began his NHL career with a record-setting 14-0-2 start in 1996-97, settled down after that to make 16 saves.
The Senators also had scarcity of scoring opportunities against Jean-Sebastien Aubin, but finally tied it at 5:55 of the second on Andreas Dackall’s fourth goal. Colin Forbes dug out the puck along the boards and fed up ice to Shaun Van Allen, who set up Dackall perfectly in front of the net.
Aubin was by far the more active of the two goalies, turning aside 32 shots in his 10th consecutive start in place of Tom Barrasso, who is on a personal leave. Barrasso’s father died Monday night in Boston, and the goalie is not expected to rejoin the Penguins soon.
Ottawa had an excellent opportunity to seize the lead when the Penguins’ German Titov drew a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Daniel Alfredsson at 12:20 of the third. But the Senators were held to three shots during the double minor, and Pittsburgh actually had the best scoring chance as Lalime stopped Martin Straka’s shot on a 2-on-1 short-handed break.
Aubin made the best save in the overtime, going to the ice to partially deflect the puck on Vaclav Prospal’s breakaway following a Pittsburgh turnover near the blue line.