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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Carolina

(Thursday, February 14th)

Final Score: Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 2

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney registered a goal and two assists, as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, at the RBC Center.

Eric Staal posted a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight and played their first home game since January 31. Erik Cole and Ryan Bayda also tallied, while Frantisek Kaberle recorded two assists.

Cam Ward, making his career-high 12th straight start between the pipes, stopped 20-of-22 shots to earn his 24th win of the season.

"It was a really strong game, a resilient game," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "It tested us and the guys really persevered tonight."

The win propels Carolina into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division, but not all the news was good, as the 'Canes lost captain Rod Brind'Amour for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik tallied for the Penguins, who have dropped two in a row. Dany Sabourin allowed four goals on 46 shots in defeat.

"Well you got to give credit to them (the Hurricanes)," said Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien. "They took some quality shots, they got second scoring chances on rebounds. They were tough to play against tonight. A lot of credit to the Hurricanes."

The Hurricanes' third power-play goal, at 3:45 of the final frame, broke a 2-2 tie. Whitney took a feed from Staal, cut to the slot and tucked the puck past a screened Sabourin to give Carolina the lead.

Off a 3-on-2 rush, Bayda gave the Hurricanes a two-goal cushion with 8:21 remaining, and they held on for the win.

Carolina struck first courtesy of the power play. Off a faceoff win, Jeff Hamilton dished to Whitney, whose one-timer from the point was redirected in front by Cole at the 3:13 mark of the first.

Orpik's long-range shot from the top of the left circle eluded Ward to tie the score with seven minutes remaining in the frame. It was Orpik's first tally since a 6-3 loss at Boston on October 22, 2005.

Carolina's inept penalty killing unit, which entered the game ranked 30th in the NHL, yielded another goal at 2:37 of the second. Malkin's shot deflected off the stick of Kaberle, who was battling with Ryan Malone in front of Ward, to put the Pens ahead 2-1.

While up a man, Staal buried a rebound past the outstretched left pad of Sabourin to knot the score at two with 9:24 left in the stanza.

Though the score was tied, Carolina held a 33-15 edge in shots through 40 minutes of play.

Game Notes

Malkin extended his point streak to seven games, and has six goals and 11 assists in that span...The clubs split the four-game season series...Carolina registered a season-high 46 shots. The 46 shots was also the most Pittsburgh had allowed this season...Pittsburgh's Jeff Taffe left the game with a broken nose...Before the game, the club recalled defensemen Casey Borer, Tim Conboy and Joey Mormina from Albany of the American Hockey League. Mormina made his NHL debut, while Conboy appeared in his second NHL game. To make room on the roster, the team placed center Matt Cullen (blurred vision), right winger Patrick Eaves (neck/shoulder) and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (ankle) on injured reserve...Carolina finished 3-for-6 on the power play, marking the first time the team notched three power-play goals in a game since November 21...Pittsburgh went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

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