Penguins edge Hurricanes to split home-and-home

Raleigh, NC ( – Thomas Greiss came up with 32 saves to help
the Pittsburgh Penguins exact some revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes with a
3-2 victory.

The Penguins supported Greiss’ solid effort with first-period goals by Chris
Kunitz and Robert Bortuzzo, with Christian Ehrhoff netting the eventual
game-winner in the third as Pittsburgh bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to
the Hurricanes on Friday.

Justin Faulk scored just over 3 1/2 minutes in to give Carolina an early edge,
but the Hurricanes didn’t get another past Greiss until Eric Staal’s power-
play tally with 11.7 seconds remaining.

Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots in the loss, Carolina’s fourth in five games.

Saturday’s rematch began with a flurry of goals, with Pittsburgh scoring twice
and the Hurricanes once during the first six minutes of play.

An early penalty to Bortuzzo allowed Carolina to strike first, with Faulk one-
timing a long drive past Greiss just 22 seconds into the power play and 3:39
into the contest.

The Penguins answered almost immediately. Kunitz dumped the puck into the
Carolina zone off the ensuing faceoff, and Evgeni Malkin retrieved it before
skating around the net and dropping a pass that Kunitz rifled home a mere 17
seconds following Faulk’s goal.

Bortuzzo then put Pittsburgh ahead less than two minutes later, skating right
by two Hurricane defenders and beating Khudobin stick-side at the 5:32 mark.

The action settled down thereafter, with the clubs playing to a scoreless
second despite the Hurricanes putting up 14 shots on Greiss and having three
power-play opportunities.

Carolina generated fewer chances in the final period, and fell behind by a 3-1
count when Ehrhoff rushed up the ice and snuck the rebound of his initial
attempt under Khudobin’s skate for the offseason pickup’s first goal as a
Penguin, which came with 4:33 remaining.

Staal made it interesting by successfully re-directing Victor Rask’s blast
with Khudobin pulled in the final seconds, too late for Carolina to mount a
serious comeback.

Game Notes

The Penguins scratched defenseman Kris Letang prior to the game with an
undisclosed injury, while forward Marcel Goc also sat out with an ailing foot
… Faulk added an assist on Staal’s late goal, while Rask assisted on both
Carolina scores … Pittsburgh has now won four straight meetings with the
Hurricanes in Raleigh … Carolina has just one winning streak this season, a
four-game run from Nov. 1-7.