NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Pittsburgh|
(Tuesday, January 20th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Cam Ward was sensational between the pipes,
recording 32 saves, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Pittsburgh Penguins,
2-1, at Mellon Arena.
Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two in a
row following a five-game slide and enter the All-Star break in second place
in the Southeast Division with 51 points, one more than Florida which hosts
Dallas on Wednesday. They beat Toronto, 2-0, on Monday.
"We're talking about using these last two games as a momentum-booster going
into the break," said Ward. "We had a great effort last night followed by
Evgeni Malkin had the lone tally for the Penguins, who are 2-2-0 thus far on a
five-game residency. Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a solid performance, stopping
38 shots for Pittsburgh, which heads into the break sitting fourth in the
Atlantic Division with 50 points.
"I thought that was a game we were going to win," said Penguins coach Michel
Therrien. "We were well-prepared. Cam Ward was outstanding though and kept
their team in the game."
Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Malkin. Sidney Crosby
walked out from behind the net and dished to Philippe Boucher, sneaking in
from the right point. Ward stopped the veteran defenseman's bid, but Malkin
was near the far post and tucked the rebound in on the backhand from below the
end redline 2:33 into the contest.
Whitney countered on the power play with 5:30 to play in the first period, and
Carolina seized the lead at 8:01 of the second period as Staal stood on the
doorstep and redirected Justin Williams' pass behind Fleury.
Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason, who was appearing in his 300th career game,
clipped Malkin with 4:15 left in the third period and was assessed a double-
minor for high-sticking. The Penguins came in waves and eventually pulled
Fleury to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but failed to produce the equalizer.
The Penguins conclude the homestand on January 28 against the
Rangers...Carolina will wrap up a four-game trek a day earlier in the Big
Apple...Pittsburgh finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Hurricanes
were 1-for-5...The Penguins had won two straight and four of the last five
games against Carolina.
01/21 02:09:29 ET