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PITTSBURGH -- Centers Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored during the shootout as the Ottawa Senators closed their season with a 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Penguins.

Turris and Spezza both beat Penguins backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff.

Turris also scored in regulation as did teammate Mark Stone, a right winger.

The Penguins rested a number of regulars in advance of the postseason, including centers Sidney Crosby and Brandon Sutter, defensemen Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Penguins open the playoffs Wednesday night by hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be Pittsburgh's eighth consecutive postseason appearance.

Crosby won the second scoring title of his nine-year career as he finished with 104 points. He had 36 goals and 68 assists.

The Senators, meanwhile, missed the playoffs and finished with a 37-31-14 record. They ended the season on a high note with a season-high five-game winning streak.

Left winger Jussi Jokinen and right winter Lee Stempniak scored for the Penguins.

The Senators also used their backup goalie, starting Robin Lehner in place of Craig Anderson, who had a shutout Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lehner stopped 26 shots.

Jokinen scored the game's first goal at 14:46 of the first period on the power play, his 21st. That extended his point streak to five games and scored his first career goal against the Senators in 23 games.

Turris answered with a power-play goal, his team-leading 26th, at 18:38 to draw the Senators into a 1-1 tie, to end a seven-game goal drought.

The Penguins went back ahead 2-1 at 5:16 of the second on Stempniak's 12th goal, but the Senators tied it with another power-play goal, Stone's fourth at 17:14.

NOTES: The Penguins recalled F Chuck Kobasew from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, where he scored 10 goals and had 11 assists in just 11 games. ... C Evgeni Malkin (foot), F Joe Vitale (mid body) and F Chris Conner (foot) all took part in the Penguins' optional skate Sunday morning, but coach Dan Bylsma said it was too early to know their availability for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. ... C Sidney Crosby was voted the Penguins' MVP by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association of America. ... The Senators missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 but finished with a winning record for the 16th time in the last 17 seasons. ... Penguins LW Tanner Glass and Senators RW Chris Neil received five-minute majors for fighting in the first period.

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