NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Carolina|
(Wednesday, October 14th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Chris Kunitz scored in the sixth round of the
shootout to lift the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins
over the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, in a rematch of last season's Eastern
Conference finals at RBC Center.
With the shootout still undecided after five rounds, Ray Whitney had his
backhander batted away by Marc-Andre Fleury to begin the sixth. Then with the
game on the line, Kunitz skated in and beat Cam Ward with a wrister between
the pads, giving the Pens the win and two points.
Evgeni Malkin registered a goal and an assist, while Mike Rupp also tallied
for Pittsburgh, which has won five straight on the road to start a season for
the first time in club history.
The Pens, who swept the best-of-seven playoff series with Carolina a year ago,
have won six of seven to start the campaign. Fleury turned in a solid effort
in goal, stopping 27-of-29 shots.
"We were playing well. It was a mistake and a little bit of puck management
that allowed them to get back in the game but I think the general feeling is
that we are playing well, we are doing good things, we are playing the right
way," Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said about the win.
Whitney scored twice and Tuomo Ruutu picked up a pair of assists for the
Hurricanes, who have lost four of six to begin the season. Ward was stellar
between the pipes making 36 saves.
"We haven't generated much offense on the puck, our cycle game is off and our
forecheck game is off as well, and that is our entity of the game that we need
to get to," Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said.
Trailing 2-0 after two, Whitney cut the Hurricanes deficit in half nearly 4
1/2 minutes into the third when he redirected a pass from Ruutu in the low
middle slot that squeezed past Fleury.
Whitney then tipped home a shot from Tim Gleason in front at the midway point
of the frame to even things at 2-2.
Each team had a power-play chance in the last seven minutes of regulation, but
neither was able to light the lamp and the game went into overtime. Then after
a spirited and scoreless 5:00 of OT it went to the shootout.
Rupp opened the scoring with 5:36 left in the opening period. After taking a
chip pass off the boards from Malkin, the big center led a two-on-one down the
right side and finished it off when he flipped a backhander past Ward on the
Malkin's tally on a quick snap shot from a bad angle in the lower right circle
put the Penguins up by a 2-0 margin 4:27 into the second stanza.
Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen missed the contest as he continues to
recover from a surgically repaired knee...Pittsburgh has won six of the last
11 regular-season matchups between the teams...Whitney's first goal of the
game was his 100th as a Hurricane.
10/14 22:38:05 ET