NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Carolina
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata posted his first hat trick of the season and the second of his career to lead Carolina over Pittsburgh, 4-3, at RBC Center in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference's worst clubs.
Marty Murray also lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who won for just the second time in their last eight tries (2-4-2).
Brian Holzinger, Patrick Boileau and Konstantin Koltsov each found the back of the net for the Penguins, who fell to 1-4-1-1 in their last seven.
Pittsburgh continued to play without captain Mario Lemieux, who is out indefinitely with a hip strain. The Hall of Famer has now missed 12 straight games because of the ailment.
Holzinger scored the sole goal of the first period to give the Penguins and early edge, but the Hurricanes responded with three unanswered goals and they led the rest of the way. Vrbata knotted the game at 1-1 for Carolina just 56 seconds into the second stanza off of a rebound on a power play.
Then at 7:10 of the second period, Murray tallied his second of the season via a wraparound to put Carolina in front, 2-1.
Vrbata then increased the Carolina advantage to 3-1 with an unassisted goal on a four-on-four.
Before the period ended, Boileau crashed the net for his first goal of the year to trim the Carolina margin to 3-2.
Vrbata recorded his sixth of the campaign 3:40 into the final frame to push the Hurricanes' lead to 4-2.
Koltsov shot the puck past Kevin Weekes' blocker in the final two minutes, but it was too little too late for the Penguins.
Erik Cole had a penalty shot for Carolina with 1:12 to play, but his shot was unsuccessful off the crossbar.
Pittsburgh and Carolina skated to a 1-1 tie in the Steel City on October 22...Carolina, 5-3-4 on home ice, opened up a three-game stand and will welcome Nashville to town on Wednesday....The Penguins fell to 2-7-1-1 on the road, but will host Atlanta on Monday.
11/29 21:59:35 ET