NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both registered a goal and an assist, as the Pittsburgh Penguins used a four-goal third period to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, at Mellon Arena.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Penguins, who have won three straight games and four of five overall. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24- of-25 shots to get the win.
"I really liked the way we played tonight," said Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien. "It was a good team effort. (The) defensemen did a great job."
Brandon Sutter lit the lamp and Michael Leighton allowed three goals on 34 shots for Carolina, which dropped to 1-1-1 on its season-long six-game road swing.
"We didn't play very well, bottom line," said Leighton. "We didn't put much pressure on them, or force them to do anything out of their comfort zone. We turned a lot of pucks over."
Trailing 1-0 in the third period, the Penguins scored two goals in a span of 32 seconds to forge ahead. With Niclas Wallin in the box for hooking, Pittsburgh went to work on the power play. Malkin let go a slap shot from the right point that Crosby redirected past Leighton's left shoulder at 8:15.
Then, on an odd-man break, Jordan Staal faked a shot before feeding a cross- ice pass to Fedotenko, whose one-timer found the back of the net.
Talbot put Pittsburgh up 3-1, skating around Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and slipping the puck between the pads of Leighton with 8:09 remaining in regulation.
Malkin added an empty-net marker in the final minute.
Sutter, the 11th overall pick in the 2007 draft, put Carolina on the board 13:07 into the contest. With the clubs skating four-on-four, Penguins blueliner Brooks Orpik backpedaled into the Pittsburgh zone, looking to start a rush, but fanned on his pass to Rob Scuderi. Sutter gathered the puck, skated in and beat Fleury on the backhand for the first tally of his NHL career.
Leighton made 13 saves in the middle stanza, including a spectacular right pad stop on Crosby. Fleury, who didn't see as much rubber, was perfect at the other end, turning aside six shots to keep the Penguins within a goal.
Malkin has notched two goals and eight assists over the last four games, while Crosby has collected nine points (two goals, seven assists) over that same span...Carolina's Ray Whitney saw his five-game point streak to start the season come to an end...Pittsburgh went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Carolina was 0-for-1.
10/24 00:09:03 ET