NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, October 14th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Scott Walker scored two goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, at Mellon Arena.
Cam Ward turned aside 25 shots and Mike Commodore added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 20 shots and left midway through the second period with a head injury. Jocelyn Thibault replaced Fleury and finished with 12 saves.
Kristopher Letang tallied the lone goal for the Penguins, who lost their second game of the season.
Carolina drew first blood scoring 2:24 into the contest. From in front, Eric Staal deflected Chad LaRose's shot from the high slot through the legs of Fleury for the 1-0 lead.
The Hurricanes made it 2-0 after Walker found a loose puck in the right circle and unleashed a wrister that snuck through the pads of Fleury at 9:34 of the first.
Walker scored with 12:59 left in the middle session to increase Carolina's lead to 3-0. Shortly after a penalty expired, Ray Whitney centered the puck from the left corner to in front and Walker re-directed the feed past Fleury.
The Penguins finally got on the board and made it 3-1 with 7:17 remaining in the second stanza. On the power play, Letang fired a slap shot from the left point and the puck hit off a Carolina defender in front and trickled past Ward and over the goal line.
Carolina made it a 4-1 contest scoring a power-play goal just 1:11 into the final frame. Andrew Hutchinson ripped a slap shot from the top of the point that sailed past Thibault on his short side.
Commodore scored at 12:47 of third to cap the scoring for the Hurricanes.
Whitney finished with two assists for the Hurricanes...Carolina forward Trevor Letowski was carted off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after colliding with Pittsburgh forward Colby Armstrong...After Letowski was placed on a stretcher, Carolina's trainers and medical team placed his neck in a brace before he was taken to a hospital...The Hurricanes went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Penguins finished 1-for-9 with the man advantage.
10/14 22:38:50 ET