February 10, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right winger Connor Brown (28) shoots Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers – USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust scored and Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced Thursday as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0.
It was DeSmith’s eighth career shutout, second this season and second of his career against Ottawa.
DeSmith was 0-0-1 in his three previous starts, getting retired early in two of them, and playing only his 11th game of the season.
The Penguins won their second straight game after a four-game losing streak (0-1-3).
The Senators have won back-to-back games and are 5-3-1 in their last nine games.
Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray, who made 42 saves, was playing his first game against his old and original team. He helped Pittsburgh win two Stanley Cups before falling out of favor and being traded. He had won back-to-back starts and was 3-0-1 in his previous four games.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who had an assist, entered the game with 499 career goals but did not reach the major milestone of 500. He had six shots, which tied the game high .
Crosby is aiming to become the 46th player in the NHL, the second active and the second in Pittsburgh history to reach 500 goals.
He got scared midway through the third period when he took a puck inside his left knee. He spent time on the bench wincing in pain but was able to continue.
After a scoreless first, Carter notched the only goal of the second. Above the left hash marks, he punctuated a setup from Kris Letang in the far circle for a rising short side explosion.
The assist has given Letang points in 15 of the last 18 games.
Rust added an empty net with 11.3 seconds left.
Pittsburgh played without center Evgeni Malkin, who was released from COVID-19 protocol but not in time to meet requirements to enter Canada.
Canadian Tire Center attendance was limited to 500 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.
–Field level media