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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 tonight."

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.

Game Notes

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

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