James Neal scored the game-winning goal with 3:05 remaining in overtime on Monday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for their 16th win in their last 17 home games.
Brian Gibbons also scored for Pittsburgh (39-15-2), recording his first NHL power play goal. Stephane Da Costa scored for Ottawa (24-21-11).
Marc-Andre Fleury (30-13-1) earned the win over Ottawa’s Craig Anderson (18-11-8), becoming the first NHL goaltender with 30 victories this season. Fleury stopped 24 shots, while Anderson recorded 46 saves among a whopping 48 opportunities.
Pittsburgh leads the New York Rangers by 17 points in the league’s Metropolitan Division, and has a seven-point advantage over Boston for the top spot in the entire Eastern Conference.
The Penguins will play the Sabres (15-32-8) in Buffalo on Wednesday night. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.