CROSBY'S GOAL PROVES TO BE THE DIFFERENCE IN 4-3 WIN OVER 'CANES
RALEIGH, N.C. – The team with the least amount of points in the NHL beat the team with the most points in the Eastern Conference Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eric Boguniecki gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 7:28 into the first period. He took John LeClair’s pass and flipped it past goalie Cam Ward. Ryan Whitney earned the other assist.
Eric Staal tied the game as his shot with less than a second remaining sailed into the net barely beat the buzzer.
Mark Recchi put the Penguins ahead, 2-1, just 16 seconds into the second period. He took Sidney Crosby’s pass, deked left and backhanded the puck into the net.
Cory Stillman knottied the game at 2-all at 5:44 into the second period. It was a power-play goal as Stillman’s blast sailed into the net with one second remaining on the Carolina power play.
LeClair tapped in Ric Jackman’s rebound with 44.4 seconds remaining in the period. Jackman’s hard slapper from the far point rebounded off Ward and deflected off LeClair before he tapped the puck into the net.
Crosby banged in his own rebound for a power-play goal and a 4-2 lead 1:51 into the third period. Behind the net, Crosby skated out front for the rebound of Erik Christensen’s shot. Crosby swatted several times at the puck before it squirted through Ward and into the goal.
On a two-man advantage, Staal rifled a slap-shot past Caron from the top of the far circle with 3:00 left in the third.
Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron was stellar as he stopped 34 of 37 shots, including several frenzied stops late in the game.
ICE CHIPS: Michel Ouellet and Shane Endicott were the Penguins’ scratches.