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Pens Beat Sens, Orpik's Struggles Persist. Jarkko Ruutu took two diving penalties in the first period, laid low for a couple hours and then won it in a shootout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. His backhander past Ottawa's Martin Gerber gave the Pens a 6-5 victory in a wild affair that the Senators twice led by two goals. Ryan Malone scored a pair for Pittsburgh while goalie Dany Sabourin came off the bench to replace the man with the yellow pads, Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped just two of the first four shots sent his way. Closer darling Brooks Orpik was held off the score-sheet for an eighth consecutive game.
Rockford Also Blue Itself. The Blackhawks got short-handed goals from Patrick Sharp and Jacob Dowell and beat the Calgary Flames, 2-1. Dowell, a product of the University of Wisconsin, was making his NHL debut after being called up from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, a team that plays in an arena nicknamed the "Big Orange Box." And, yes, there's gotta be a better way to say that.
NHL Players Will Say Anything. Martin Erat notched a goal and added two assists as the Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. It was the Preds' seventh win of the month after an October that included a six-game losing streak. Radek Bonk scored the winner in the third period and produced this beauty of a quote after the game: "Sometimes they go in for you and sometimes they don't. They are going in for me right now."