On Boxing Day, the Senators delivered a knockout punch to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott made a career-high 44 stops and defenceman Erik Karlsson had two goals and an assist as the Senators earned a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh in front of 20,146 fans at Scotiabank Place.
Centre Mike Fisher also scored for the Senators, who climbed back to .500 at home with a 9-9-2 record.
Senators coach Cory Clouston said his club didn’t stay aggressive for 60 minutes and that’s why Elliott was forced to come up so big.
“I thought halfway through the game, we tried to sit back and try to protect the lead,” said Clouston. “You can’t do that against a team like Pittsburgh. You’ve got to keep pushing, you’ve got to keep forcing.”