Senators 2, Penguins 1
KANATA, Ontario (AP) _ Radek Bonk scored at 12:02 of the third period to lead Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
The Senators improved to 9-4-1, the best start of their eight-year history. They also drew within one point of Eastern Conference-leading Toronto, which was idle.
Shawn McEachern also scored for the Senators, who improved to 6-1-1 at home.
Robert Lang scored for Pittsburgh, which had its winless streak reach seven games (0-5-2).
Ottawa goaltender Patrick Lalime (4-2-0) stopped 22 shots. Lalime set an NHL rookie record for longest unbeaten streak from the start of a season (14-0-2) with the Penguins in 1996-97.
Jaromir Jagr, the defending league scoring champion, climbed back into a share of the scoring lead with San Jose’s Owen Nolan when he assisted on Lang’s second-period goal for his 23rd point, including 10 goals. Jagr is the league’s only player to earn at least a point in every game this season.
McEachern opened the scoring on a power play midway into the first period, tipping a Joe Juneau shot from the top of the right circle past goaltender Peter Skudra. It was McEachern’s fourth goal of the season and his eighth point in six games, including four goals.
Lang responded at 13:03 of the second period, with the Penguins enjoying a two-man advantage. Lang, standing at the side of the net, tapped a pass from Rob Brown past Lalime for his seventh goal of the season.
Skudra stopped Andreas Dackell on a breakaway with 31 seconds left in the second period.
Bonk scored the game-winner when Magnus Arvedson passed the puck from behind the net in front to Bonk and the Senators’ leading scorer one-timed the puck past Skudra.