Just a couple of days into his tenure as the Penguins' coach, Mike Sullivan attempted to draw the distinction between outplaying and outscoring the opposition as he explained the up-tempo style he planned to emphasize.

Though each roughly translated to a win, Sullivan wanted the former. Trying to outscore teams by trading high-percentage chances spelled trouble over the long term, he believed.

He reiterated his preference for out-playing teams the day before last week's All-Star break.

What transpired between the Penguins and Ottawa on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center helped shed light on the particulars of Sullivan's tastes. Dominant in Ottawa's end but shaky at times in their own, the Penguins pulled out a 6-5 win to begin their post-All-Star break schedule.

“We happened to score a lot of goals, but I don't think it was because we were playing a high-risk game,” Sullivan said. “I think for long stretches of the game, we played the right way. We were making good decisions. ... I think Ottawa had some opportunistic goals. I give them a lot of credit for hanging in there. But I was encouraged by the way that our team played.”

Center Sidney Crosby scored the Penguins' last three goals, including two on the power play late in the second period.

“You don't play that many of them,” Crosby said of the high-scoring game. “You have to embrace it. It's one of those games where everything is bouncing wacky out there. You just want to be on the right side of it.”

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 18 saves and a season-low save percentage (.783). He patted and kissed the crossbar after the Senators pinged the iron twice in the game's final minute.

“I think I like having shots better than standing there,” said Fleury, who faced just five shots in the first period and seven in the final frame. “That's no excuse, though. The guys played well.