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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Kevin Constantine wasn't overly impressed with his 100th career victory.

"All that means is that I'll be 783 years old when I catch Scotty Bowman," Constantine said after the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 Thursday night. "I didn't even think about it until one of my coaches came up and congratulated me."

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  • Jan Hrdina scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:06 left in the third period for Pittsburgh, which fell behind 2-0 in the first period before scoring four straight goals. Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr and Robert Lang also scored for the Penguins,

    Chris Phillips and Vaclav Prospal scored for the Senators, who lost for only the second time in 68 games when leading after two periods.

    "We turned the puck over too many times," said Senators coach Jacques Martin. "We spent too much time in our own end."

    The loss snapped Ottawa's three-game winning streak and spoiled the return of star forward Daniel Alfredsson, who played his first game of the season after injuring his left knee during training camp.

    "The knee held up really good," Alfredsson said. "I knew I wasn't gointo play the way I did in the playoffs, but the happiest thing is that the knee felt good after the game."

    Jean-Sebastien Aubin earned his first career victory after a shaky start in goal for Pittsburgh.

    "It's incredible," said Aubin, who stopped 24 shots. "It's the best day of my life."

    Hrdina broke a 2-2 tie with his first NHL goal, tipping in a rebound of Bobby Dollas' slap shot.

    We haven't been having good starts lately," Jagr said. "We had to open up the game and start playing our system."

    Ottawa took a 1-0 lead at 6:08 of the opening period when Phillips slid a backhand shot under Aubin.

    Less than two minutes later, Prospal threw a blind pass out from behind the Penguins net that caromed off the skates of defenseman Jiri Slegr and past a surprised Aubin for a 2-0 lead.

    Straka started Pittsburgh's comeback 5:29 into the second period, slamming home a loose puck in the slot underneath goalie Damian Rhodes.

    Jagr tied the game with his first goal against Ottawa in two seasons. On a 4-on-3 power play, Jagr skated into the slot and sent a wrist shot that went by the outstretched right pad of Rhodes.

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