NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Pittsburgh
(Monday, December 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney recorded a goal and an assist while goaltender Manny Legace was strong with 30 saves, as the Carolina Hurricanes earned their first road win of the season with a 3-2 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
Jussi Jokinen and Andrew Alberts also scored for Carolina, which has won two straight following a five-game losing streak. Joni Pitkanen and Eric Staal both notched two assists in the victory.
Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup after battling a recent groin injury and scored his 20th goal of the season for the Penguins, who failed to earn at least one point for only the second time in their last nine games overall (6-2-1). Michael Rupp also scored in the loss.
Pittsburgh netminder Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 21 shots.
"We didn't play with the urgency that we needed to play with," said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
After Alberts' first goal of the season opened the scoring at the 4:45 mark, the Hurricanes grabbed a two-goal lead on the power play during the middle stages of the first stanza.
With Evgeni Malkin in the penalty box for holding, Jokinen accepted a pass from Joni Pitkanen, crossed the blue line, split a pair of defenders up the middle on a breakaway before his wrist shot lit the lamp at 11:36.
Whitney's eighth goal of 2009-10 gave the hosts a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the second period.
"In the first period, they totally out-worked us," Crosby said. "That was the difference. We might've seen that they hadn't won a road game and thought it would be easy. That was a good lesson for us."
Pittsburgh, though, fought back with two goals in 49 seconds for a 3-2 margin.
Crosby's marker cut the deficit to two at six minutes even. A long pass from Kris Letang found the stick of Guerin, who gained control along the left wing. From the circle, he sent a flip pass toward the net for Crosby, who swiped at the puck with a golf-type swing and mustered it past Legace.
Rupp followed with his tally this season. The Pens were buzzing in their offensive zone and Rupp gained control after a rebound kicked loose into the low slot. He curled toward the left half-wall, skated into the circle and sent a wrister through traffic into the back of the cage.
The best scoring chance for the Pens in the third period occurred with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation. After a scramble in front, Crosby had a chance at the right post with a partial open net, but Legace slid across and made the glove save.
"We weathered their storm -- you know they'll keep coming at you," said Legace. "They're so talented and so well-coached. We were lucky to get out of here with a win."
The Hurricanes were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Pens were scoreless on three chances with the extra skater...Carolina improved to 1-10-3 on the road this season.
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