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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, 03.04.2006 / 9:37 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

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Hurricanes: 41-14-4 (86 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Penguins: 14-35-11 (39 pts.), Atlantic Division, 5th place

Back-to-Back Games
Eric Staal and Erik Cole each scored a pair of goals to lead the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes over rival Florida 5-2 on Friday at the RBC Center in the first game of this back-to-back set. The win was the Hurricanes franchise-record-tying 26th at the RBC Center this season, and gave Carolina 86 points, the best total of all NHL teams. The Hurricanes traveled to Pittsburgh following Friday's game and will face the Penguins at Mellon Arena on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Erik Cole has earned points in each of the last five six (2/5-3/3: 5g, 3a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned assists and points in each of the last six games (2/5-3/3: 1g, 8a)
  • Center Eric Staal has earned points in each of the last three games (2/10-3/3: 4g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is one goal shy of 200 for his NHL career

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes
The Hurricanes currently post a 41-14-4 record, including a 18-4-0 record in 21 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 25-5-1 (49 points). With 84 points through their first 58 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-58 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 66-point, 58-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

The 2005-06 season marks 11th season in franchise history that the team has produced five or more 50-point scorers. The 1983-84 squad holds the franchise record with seven 50-plus point scorers, and five seasons produced six 50-plus point scorers. The Hurricanes did not have a single player eclipse the 50-point mark in 2003-04.

MOST 50-POINT SCORERS IN A SEASON IN HURRICANES FRANCHISE HISTORY
Season (# of 50-pt. scorers) 50-pt scorers (pts.)
1983-84 (7) Johnson (87), Francis (83), Turgeon (72), Neufeld (69), Crawford (61), Malone (54)
1995-96 (6) Shanahan (78), Sanderson (65), Cassels (63), Emerson (58, Nikolishin (51), Kron (50)
1992-93 (6) Sanderson (89), Cassels (86), Verbeek (82), Zalapski (65), Yake (53), Poulin (51)
1986-87 (6) Francis (93), Dineen (79), Anderson (75), Ferraro (59), Evason (59), Lawless (54)
1985-86 (6) Turgeon (79), Ferraro (77), Francis (77), Dineen (68), Gavin (55), Babych (53)
1981-82 (6) Stoughton (91), Sulliman (69), Francis (68), Howe (53), Larouche (50), Howatt (50)
2005-06 (5) Staal, Cole, Stillman, Williams, Brind'Amour
2000-01 (5) O'Neill (67), Francis (65), Kapanen (57), Brind'Amour (56), Gelinas (52)
1989-90 (5) Francis (101), Verbeek (89), Dineen (66), Young (64), Ferraro (54)
1980-81 (5) Rogers (105), Boutette (80), Stoughton (73), Howe (65), Sims (52)
1979-80 (5) Rogers (105), Stoughton (100), Howe (80), Keon (62), Douglas (57)

CAROLINA AT HOME: 26-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 75-of-395 (19.0%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 266-of-324 (82.1%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 7 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 44 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
March 4 Saturday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 5 Sunday none
March 6 Monday Madison Square Garden 11:30 a.m.
March 7 Tuesday SB Flyers Skate Zone 12:00 p.m.
March 8 Wednesday Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m.
March 9 Thursday TBD (Florida)
March 10 Friday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 11 Saturday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 12 Sunday none

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Penguins
Saturday marks the final match up between the Hurricanes and Penguins this season. The teams first met on Oct. 7, the Hurricanes' first home game of 2005-06, and went to a shootout with Carolina taking the win 4-3. Carolina took the teams' second meeting in come-from-behind fashion, winning 5-3 at Mellon Arena on Oct. 29 before Pittsburgh returned the favor, dealing Carolina a 4-3 loss at the RBC Center on Feb. 10.

Carolina and Pittsburgh met four times during the 2003-04 season with the Hurricanes earning points in every game and finishing with a 2-0-1-1 record against the Penguins (Pittsburgh: 1-1-1-1). Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom led all Penguins skaters with four points (1g. 3a) in the four 2003-04 meetings, while Radim Vrbata paced the Canes with three goals and an assist (4 points). The Hurricanes franchise posts a 41-44-11-1 all-time mark against the Penguins, with a 23-22-5-0 home record and a 18-22-6-1 record in Pittsburgh.

Hurricanes vs. Penguins 2005-06 Schedule

  • Oct. 7 RBC Center W, 4-3 (SO)
  • Oct. 29 Mellon Arena W, 5-3
  • Feb. 10 RBC Center L, 4-3
  • March 4 Mellon Arena 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7, 2005
Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)

Rookie netminder Cam Ward thwarted Mario Lemieux, Zigmund Palffy and Sidney Crosby on consecutive penalty shots to earn his first career victory and the first shootout victory in franchise history in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 18,787 at the RBC Center. Cory Stillman scored on the Hurricanes' first shootout attempt, and his goal proved to be the margin of victory in the Hurricanes' first-ever shootout. Ward stopped 28 of 30 shots in regulation. Eric Staal and Stillman each netted goals in regulation, and Palffy and Ryan Malone each scored for Pittsburgh. Sebastien Caron was in net for the Penguins, stopping 31 of 33 Hurricanes shots.

Oct. 29, 2005
Hurricanes 5, Pittsburgh 3

The Carolina Hurricanes became the first team to come back and win four consecutive games in which they trailed by two goals when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to start the third period and defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 at Mellon Arena. Eric Staal had his first NHL four-assist night and Cory Stillman had a goal and three assists to earn the game's first star. Left wing Ray Whitney scored the game-winning goal with 3:14 remaining in the game and had two assists for his third multi-point game of the season and to extend his points streak to five games (10/22-10/29: 2g, 8a). Defenseman Glen Wesley scored the tying goal for Carolina, his 200th point as a member of the Hurricanes franchise. Right wing Justin Williams added an empty net goal to seal the win for Carolina. Martin Gerber stopped 25 of 28 Penguins' shots on goal to earn his fourth win of the season and Frantisek Kaberle earned an assist to extend his points streak to six games (10/20-10/29: 2g, 5a).

Feb. 10, 2006
Pittsburgh 4, Hurricanes 3

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended Carolina's nine-game home winning streak, downing the Eastern Conference-leading Hurricanes 4-3. Eric Staal notched two goals and an assist for his 21st multi-point game of the season and took first-star honors. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and John Leclair each scored a goal and added an assist for the Penguins. Penguins netminder Sebastien Caron stopped 34 of 37 Hurricanes shots to take second-star honors while Pittsburgh defenseman Ryan Whitney earned the game's third star. Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist for Carolina to extend his assists and points streak to three games in his third game back from injury. Ray Whitney recorded two assists for the Hurricanes. The game marked center Doug Weight's home debut with Carolina and the return of defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky to the lineup after he missed five games with an upper-body injury.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
59
38
40
78
26 Cole
59
28
30
58
61 Stillman
50
15
42
57

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
41
2.71
29-9-2
.907
30 Ward
23
3.42
12-5-2
.888


Penguins
GP
G
A
PTS
87 Crosby
59
28
37
65
8 Recchi
60
21
32
53
55 Gonchar
55
7
28
35

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Fleury
34
3.31
7-21-4
.899
30 Caron
17
4.19
6-4-4
.876

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 8 5 2 1 25 16 11
3 DET 7 4 1 2 16 13 10
4 NYI 7 5 2 0 25 22 10
5 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
6 WSH 6 3 1 2 20 14 8
7 CBJ 7 4 3 0 21 20 8
8 NJD 7 3 2 2 22 23 8
9 NYR 7 4 3 0 21 23 8
10 BOS 9 4 5 0 22 23 8
11 PIT 6 3 2 1 22 19 7
12 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
13 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
14 PHI 7 2 3 2 22 28 6
15 CAR 7 0 5 2 14 29 2
16 BUF 8 1 7 0 9 28 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tlusty 7 4 2 -3 6
C. Terry 7 3 2 2 5
R. Nash 7 2 3 0 5
J. Harrison 6 1 2 -1 3
A. Sekera 6 0 3 -5 3
E. Staal 2 1 1 -2 2
Z. Boychuk 5 1 1 3 2
J. McClement 7 0 2 -2 2
A. Semin 7 0 2 -6 2
J. Faulk 7 0 2 -9 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 0 3 1 .891 3.24
C. Ward 0 2 1 .829 4.24