CROSBY RECORDS SECOND POINT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS
RALEIGH, N.C. – Two games, two points for Sidney Crosby.
Crosby, the first-overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, continued to shine as he set up another goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-2 overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Crosby, who had a point in Wednesday’s season-opener, set up Ziggy Palffy’s game-tying goal for the Penguins in the third period. Both teams remained tied through the overtime period, so the game went to a shootout for the first time in either franchise’s history. The Hurricanes won the shootout, 1-0, as Cory Stillman scored on their first attempt and the Penguins failed to convert on three tries.
The Hurricanes (1-1) built a 2-0 advantage in the first period.
Eric Staal gave Carolina a 1-0 lead when his cross-crease pass deflected off of Pittsburgh defenseman Josef Melichar’s right skate and slid into the goal past Sebastien Caron with 8:01 remaining in the first period.
Stillman boosted Carolina’s lead to 2-0. Stillman, who had just exited the penalty box, took a long pass from Rod Brind’Amour for a breakaway. Stillman beat Caron for the goal with 2:16 on the clock.
Ryan Malone had a chance to get the Penguins on the scoreboard with about 14:00 remaining in the second period. He skated in on a shorthanded breakaway, but rookie goaltender Cam Ward denied him.
Palffy had a scoring chance as well when ripped a shot off the post with nearly five minutes to play in the period.
Malone finally got the Penguins’ first goal when he lifted the puck over Ward’s glove on a power play 3:37 into the third period to make it 2-1.
Sergei Gonchar nearly tied the game with 4:30 to play as he snapped a rebound toward the net on a power play, but Ward made a diving glove save to preserve the Hurricanes’ lead.
Palffy tied the game at 2-2 with 1:24 to go with a power-play goal. Crosby rifled a beautiful pass across the front of the goal from the near boards and Palffy one-timed it into the net for the goal. Ric Jackman had the other assist.
Caron and Ward shined in goal for their respective teams. Caron stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Ward blocked 28 of 30 shots.
The Penguins return home to Mellon Arena on Saturday to play the Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m.