Blog: Penguins defeat Canes, 3-1
Posted October 28, 2013
FINAL: Pittsburgh 3, Canes 1: The Carolina Hurricanes trailed for the majority of the game, and fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night at PNC Arena, 3-1.
Tanner Glass, Jayson Menga and Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh while Nathan Gerbe found the net for Carolina.
12:49 3rd; Pittsburgh 3, Canes 1: Jayson Menga scored for Pittsburgh midway through the third period as the Penguins took a two-goal lead.
End of 2: Pittsburgh 2, Canes 1: Chris Kintz's goal will carry he Penguins lead into the 3rd period as the score stands at 2-1 at PNC Arena.
4:36; 2nd; Pittsburgh 2, Canes 1: Sydney Crosby made a great play at the blue line and connected with Chris Kunitz for the go-ahead goal and the Penguins took a 2-1 lead late in the 2nd period.
End of 1: Canes 1, Pittsburgh 1: Tanner Glass and Nathan Gerbe have the tallies as the game goes to intermission level at 1.
The Penguins are leading the shots-on-goal battle 12-5.
3:57 1st; Canes 1, Pittsburgh 1: Nathan Gerbe scored on a pass from Elias Linhdolm on a power play late in the first period as the Canes tied the game on Gerbe's fourth goal of the year.
11:35: 1st: Pittsburgh 1, Carolina 0: Tanner Glass was the beneficiary of a turnover and and a play off the boards as the Penguins have grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
20:00 1st: Carolina 0, Pittsburgh 0: Canes scratches include an injured Jeff Skinner, Radek Dvorak and Mike Komasarek. They will skate in front of a late-arriving PNC crowd.
Former Cane Jussi Jokinen is in the lineup for Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to halt their longest slide of the season when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes for Monday's clash at PNC Arena.
The Penguins began the season red-hot, winning seven of their first eight games, but have since dropped three straight in regulation to fall to 7-4-0 on the year. The three-game slide marks the longest losing streak for Pittsburgh in the regular season since losing six straight from Dec. 29 2011-Jan. 11, 2012.
After averaging 3.88 goals per game through their first eight outings, Pittsburgh has scored only four times during its current slide. The Penguins managed one goal on Saturday when they were dealt a 4-1 setback in Toronto. The score was tied at 1-1 heading into the third, but Nazem Kadri potted the game winner just 1:26 into the final period.
Kris Letang tallied the lone goal for the Penguins, who were coming off Friday's 4-3 loss against the visiting New York Islanders. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves on Saturday, but allowed three goals in the setback.
"We worked really hard for two periods. We wanted to get the go-ahead goal by trying offensively, trying to get a break. We got off the page," said Letang.
Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 18 points, was held off the scoresheet for just the second time this season. He has seven goals and 23 assists in 23 career games against the Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh is 2-2-0 as the road team this season, but has won two of its last three road games at Carolina. The Pens have won three straight, six of seven and nine of the last 12 overall meetings in this series.
Carolina is 4-4-3 on the season and enters Monday having lost two straight in regulation. The Hurricanes recently completed a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 record, winning games against Toronto and the New York Islanders before losing to Minnesota and Colorado.
The Hurricanes dropped a 3-1 decision Thursday in Minnesota and lost 4-2 the following night against the Avalanche. Matt Duchene potted a pair of goals and added an assist to help Colorado continue its terrific start to the season.
Andrej Sekera notched a goal and an assist, while Drayson Bowman scored the other goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of their last seven games. Justin Peters allowed all four goals on 34 shots in defeat.
"I was excited about the opportunity to play tonight," Peters said. "I felt comfortable, but they are a very fast team."
With Carolina's top-two goaltenders, Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin currently on injured reserve, Peters could get the start again on Monday. He is 2-3-1 with a 4.42 goals against average in six career outings against the Penguins.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner is questionable for Monday's game after sitting out Friday's tilt with an upper-body injury.