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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Carolina



(Thursday, December 18th)

Final Score: Carolina 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored with 70 seconds left in regulation and Jeff O'Neill added the game-winner with 2:46 remaining in overtime to lift Carolina to a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh at the RBC Center.

Kevin Weekes made 10 saves for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak in their first game under new head coach Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette replaced Paul Maurice, who was fired Monday. Carolina has just two wins in its last seven games (2-2-1-2).

Konstantin Koltsov scored for the Penguins, who lost for the first time in three games and suffered their eighth straight road loss. Sebastien Caron stopped 34 shots.

Carolina scored with the extra skater in the third period to force overtime. Brind'Amour, positioned near the left post, tipped in a pass by Josef Vasicek from behind the net.

In overtime, O'Neill posted his first goal since November 18 for Carolina. He hooked up with Ron Francis on a give-and-go to get Caron out of position.

Koltsov converted a deflection off an errant pass to put the Penguins ahead 1-0. He gathered the puck in the crease when it kicked off the skate of a Carolina defender behind the net with 5:19 left in the first period.

The Hurricanes, who outshot Pittsburgh 36-11 overall, dominated play in the first period, posting an 11-4 shots advantage. They forced Caron to make 10 saves in the second period and 12 in the third.

Game Notes

Glen Wesley assisted on both goals for the Hurricanes, who are unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1) against Pittsburgh...The Penguins dropped to 1-2-2-1 in their last six trips to Raleigh.

12/18 21:56:58 ET


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