NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Pittsburgh
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 4 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby netted shootout goals as Pittsburgh clipped Carolina, 5-4, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Letang used a backhander under the crossbar to open the session, then Jeff Skinner missed high and wide. Crosby tallied through the five-hole of Justin Peters, then Jussi Jokinen's stick move in the crease was foiled to end the game.
Crosby posted a goal and three assists in regulation for the Penguins, who have won four of their last five games overall and snapped a three-game home losing skid to Carolina.
Chris Kunitz notched a pair of goals and Evgeni Malkin added three helpers to back 30 saves by Marc-Andre Fleury.
"That's not the kind of game defensively that we want to play," groused Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. "We're fortunate to have a four-point night from Sid, getting that thing in the shootout and picking up two points."
Jokinen picked up a pair of goals and added two assists for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four. Patrick Dwyer had a goal and one assist and Peters allowed four goals on 36 shots.
Brandon Sutter opened the scoring just 42 seconds in, but Kunitz answered on a wrister at 8:55.
Tyler Kennedy finished off a 3-on-1 rush with an easy tap-in from Crosby into a wide-open net at 11:15 to give the Pens a one-goal edge, but Dwyer lifted a loose puck over Fleury with 4:14 left in the opening period.
Crosby broke free of a Carolina checker in the slot to convert a rebound of a Zbynek Michalek point shot 8:15 into the second period for a 3-2 Pittsburgh lead.
Back came the Hurricanes as Jamie McBain whipped a cross-ice pass from the right circle to the left wing for Jokinen's redirection with 8:41 left in the second.
Kunitz was awarded the go-ahead goal on a power play at the 9:19 mark of the third, as his second-chance rebound got past Peters and trickled over the goal line. A lengthy review determined Peters backed the disc into the net before the whistle sounded to stop play.
Peters was called to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:22 remaining and the Hurricanes tied the game 30 seconds later when Eric Staal gathered a bouncing puck in the slot and fed Jokinen in the right circle for a quick wrister.
Several quality chances by both clubs went by the wayside in overtime.
"There were good chances from both teams through overtime," Jokinen said. They're a very good hockey club and they've been on a roll the last couple wee"ks. From here, it's not good to get another loss, but we still can get a big win tomorrow and turn it around."
The Penguins have won both meetings this season...Malkin registered his 250th career assist and 400th career point in the contest...Jokinen's four points was a season high, as well as his third straight multi-point effort...His last four-point game happened on November 16, 2007 with Dallas in a 6-1 victory over Colorado which saw the Finn post a career-best four goals.
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