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Senators shake slump in big win over Penguins

The Ottawa Senators rediscovered their scoring touch with a 8-4 win over the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place on Saturday to maintain their tenuous grip on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

The loss was just the second for the Penguins in their last 15 games and their first in regulation since February 19.

The two-goal lead proved important as Sidney Crosby scored his first goal since returning to the Penguins lineup on March 15th to draw the Penguins to within one goal with eight minutes left.

The Senators, however, put the game out of reach with three unanswered goals against Penguins backup goalie Brad Thiessen, who suffered his first defeat in his fourth NHL start.

Milan Michalek, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips, Kyle Turris, Jason Spezza and Colin Greening also scored for the Senators while Matt Cooke scored twice for the Penguins and Tyler Kennedy added one.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)