Pens Dropped By Hurricanes, 4-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins began a five-game road trip Friday night in Carolina. Unfortunately, the Penguins’ goal-scoring woes continued as the Hurricanes won 4-1.

Pascal Dupuis scored the Pens’ lone goal late in the second period off a rebound on a shot by Mike Rupp.  Zbynek Michalek picked up the other assist on the goal.

The Canes picked up their first goal just 1:44 into the first period when Jay Harrison scored on a snap shot. Later, Joe Corvo’s slap shot on the power play beat Marc-Andre Fleury with 3:17 left in the first  period to make it 2-0.

Erik Cole had a tip-in midway through the second period with assists from Eric Staal and Derek Joslin to make it 3-0, before Dupuis finally put the Pens on the board about five minutes later.

Jussi Jokinen made it 4-1 with a goal late in the third.

The Pens outshot Carolina 34-21. Fleury was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Brent Johnson came on and stopped nine of the 10 shots he faces in the game.

Carolina’s Cam Ward made 33 saves in the win.


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  • Ryan S.

    I think this team may just be done, too many injuries to overcome, not nearly enough depth. Banking too much on Crosby, when he’s out of the lineup they’re a mediocre team.

  • Roger Dorn

    I was on the fence about Kovalev returning, but he looked wicked awesome dishing the puck to that collection of stiffs tonight. Get well soon Sid.

  • Rick M

    Seems like the down slide for this team was the Winter Classic..Gotta wonder if that game wasn’t some kind of curse for them..All hell has broke since..It’s hard to believe how great this team was playing back in Dec. and now struggling to make a team..Some one needs to stand up on this team and act as a team leader and get the players back on track..

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