Tlusty scores twice as ‘Canes shock Pens

Pittsburgh, PA ( – Jiri Tlusty recorded two goals and an
assist as the Carolina Hurricanes came through with a 4-2 win over the
Pittsburgh Penguins in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Nathan Gerbe snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play score early in the third
period that helped the Hurricanes halt a three-game skid and deal the powerful
Penguins just their third regulation defeat in their last 16 outings.

Carolina entered the matchup an NHL-worst 2-9-2 on the road this season.

Patrick Dwyer added a goal to support a 20-save effort from Hurricanes
goaltender Cam Ward.

Pittsburgh, which was outshot by a 35-22 margin, received goals from Kris
Letang and Patric Hornqvist. Sidney Crosby assisted on both markers, with
Marc-Andre Fleury stopping 31-of-34 chances in defeat.