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(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins try to end a three-game skid tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena.

The Pens' slide comes on the heels of a five-game Pittsburgh winning streak. The last two tilts have been decided in overtime.

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh dropped a 4-3 overtime tilt to Tampa Bay in its first home game after a four-game trip out west. Vincent Lecavalier scored with 2:19 left in overtime to lift the Lightning.

Nils Ekman recorded a natural hat trick in the second period, and Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby each had two assists for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 stops in the losing effort.

Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin failed to score a goal for the third consecutive match after managing one in each of his first six NHL games.

Pittsburgh will visit Carolina on Saturday.

Ottawa, meanwhile, has lost its last five games (0-4-1). On Wednesday the Sens dropped a 5-4 decision in Atlanta, as Slava Kozlov recorded his fifth career hat trick, including the game-winner, to lift the Thrashers.

Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist for the slumping Senators, while Martin Gerber allowed all five Atlanta goals on 31 shots.

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Sens are a total mess. If the Pens can't them, there's more wrong in Pittsburgh than there should ever be, considering who they've got to work with.
 

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Worse game I seem them play all year. Not to take anything away from the Sens but Gerber looked shaky all night and the Pens could not get anything going.

The Pens do have some problems right now. With the loss of M. Eaton it has really hurt the D. He was our best defensive d-man and was having a great year until he went down.

Maybe even more of a problem is the wings on this team are all underachieving. You got Armstrong, Rechi, Leclair, Malone (until he got hurt), and whoever else they put on the wings of Crosby or Malkin. That is just ridiculous for them not to have more production. They are player alongside maybe the best passer in the game and one of the hottest players in the game.
 
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