Even the surprising insertion of James Neal game losing streak in two years.

Milan Michalek scored two goals and Craig Anderson made 29 saves, backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 win over the Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Bobby Butler also lit the lamp for Ottawa, which has won six of its last seven games.

It was originally feared Neal would miss significant time with a broken foot suffered blocking a shot in Saturday's contest against New Jersey. But further evaluation determined his injury only to be a bone bruise.

Neal was on the ice when a giveaway by Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar led to Evgeni Malkin beating Anderson with 8:46 remaining in the second period. However, the Penguins were already down 4-0 prior to the marker and on their way to losing five straight for the first time since Dec. 27, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010.

Brent Johnson gave up three Ottawa goals on eight shots before he was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury, who finished with 13 saves in relief.