Neal gave the Penguins the lead for good 1:52 into the third period, tapping the rebound from Deryk Engelland’s shot from the point past a sprawled Anderson.
‘‘I've often said if you’re going to make a book on a shooter and a guy getting open, just watch (Neal) play the game,’’ Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. ‘‘He has an elite release when he gets the opportunity.’’
Crosby’s sixth of the season, coming seconds after a Senators’ penalty expired, put the Penguins ahead by two goals midway through the third.
NOTES: The Penguins traded LW Eric Tangradi to Winnipeg for a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday. ... C Dustin Jeffrey and D Robert Bortuzzo were scratched for Pittsburgh. ... Penguins’ C Brandon Sutter appeared in his 300th career game. ... Ottawa continues a three-game trip, visiting Toronto on Saturday night, while the Penguins open a two-game road swing Friday night at Winnipeg.