Yule never believe it.
There’ll be no Blue Christmas in Ottawa this year.
The Senators played the role of Santa Claus by delivering the victory and the Pittsburgh Penguins must have felt like Santa dropped a bag of toys on their heads as Craig Anderson made 27 stops in a 5-0 pounding Monday night.
The Senators halted their three-game losing skid in fashion as Cory Conacher, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored while Anderson had his 24th career shutout in front of 19,838 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Penguins saw their seven-game winning streak end as the Senators did a solid job at both ends of the ice, killing penalties and shutting down Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby.
“Every win is a good win. We need to win more games,” said Karlsson, who had a three-point night.
The Senators are on the outside of the NHL’s playoff picture, but this victory served notice they’ve got what it takes to win when they get a collective effort in and held the Penguins vaunted power play to 0-for-7.
The Senators made the goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins look pretty human as he gave up five goals on 29 shots.
It was a night for everybody to celebrate. Conacher had his first goal in 31 games to end a slump that dated back to Oct. 15 while Turris also chipped in during a wild third period that saw the Senators score three times.
Heading into the NHL’s three-day holiday break, coach Paul MacLean told the fans to stick with the Senators.
“Stay patient,” said MacLean before the game. “We’re still finding our way.”
It was Karlsson’s 10th of the season at 1:36 of the third that put this away. He undressed blueliner Olli Maata and then beat a sprawling Fleury to ensure the Senators they could raise some holiday cheer.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise the Senators gave the Penguins all they could handle.
“It’s a great game for us going into the break,” said captain Jason Spezza. “A great game by (Anderson) and we did a good job of containing them and keeping them to the outside.
“It’s a good game. Hopefully, we can carry some of those feelings into the break and come back strong.”
The Senators had one of their better efforts through 40 minutes but were also fortunate. They held a 2-0 lead after Ryan’s 17th of the season, but were plagued by poor discipline and helped by stops from Anderson.
Yule never believe it.