|CAR||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|PIT||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Aleksey Morozov wanted everyone to know how much fun the Pittsburgh Penguins are having these days.
So after scoring a power-play goal at 1:17 of overtime Friday night for a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, Morozov grabbed the front of his jersey and displayed the Penguins' logo to fans at Mellon Arena.
``I was just trying to show the fans that we're hot,'' Morozov said after his 14th goal helped the Penguins push their home unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). ``We're good and they should come to the games.
``It's really fun to be here right now. There are a lot of good guys in the dressing room. Everybody is happy, everybody's smiling.''
Pittsburgh remains last in the NHL's overall standings but is 8-3-2 in its last 13 games and has moved within three points of Columbus.
Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk didn't see Morozov's celebration, but he understood it.
``To me, it's about respect and not only representing our city, but Mario (Lemieux) and the Penguins,'' Olczyk said.
The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in 10 consecutive road games (6-0-1-3) but are 11 points behind the New York Islanders and the playoff cutoff in the Eastern Conference.
Carolina had a 3-2 lead when Dick Tarnstrom beat goaltender Kevin Weekes with a backhander from the left circle with 5:15 to play in the third period.
``This was a tough one to let slip through our fingers because we needed it bad,'' said Kevyn Adams, whose goal at 9:47 of the third period gave Carolina its first lead of the game, 3-2. ``But you have to give them credit _ they played hard. They've been playing real well the last 10, 12 games.''
Carolina, whose power play ranks last in the league, got power-play goals from Sean Hill and Brett Hedican.
Jon Sim and Ryan Malone also scored for Pittsburgh.
Morozov, returning to the lineup Friday after missing two games with a sore back, scored his third career overtime goal and second this season after the rebound of a shot by Ric Jackman bounced right to him at the bottom of the right circle.
``He's been playing great for us,'' Tarnstrom said of Morozov, who has scored a goal in each of his last four games. ``It's not surprising that he scored the last goal.''
The goal came with Hill in the penalty box for hooking. With 2:04 to play in regulation, Carolina failed to convert a power play after the Penguins' Mike Eastwood was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
``We had some chances. But we had the lead with five minutes to go in the game,'' said Hurricanes' coach Peter Laviolette. ``We ended up in a two-on-two battle, one of our guys got picked and (Tarnstrom) came out of the corner and made a real nice shot.''
Hill snapped a shot past Sebastien Caron from the right circle at 12:53 of the second period during a two-man advantage for his 11th goal, tying the game 2-2.
The Penguins took a 2-1 lead late in the first period on Malone's power-play goal at 17:21. Malone swept a forehand shot past Weekes from his knees after being knocked down in the slot by Niclas Wallin, scoring his 22nd goal and first in six games.
Sim scored his eighth at 7:54 of the opening period, going to the net and firing a shot that hit the right post and bounced off the back of Weekes' right leg and in.
Hedican tied it when his shot from the center point squirted between Caron's pads on the power play at 12:24. It was Hedican's fifth of the season and broke Carolina's 0-for-17 drought on the power play.
|Jon Sim (8) ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (11), Brooks Orpik (8)|
1 - 0 PIT
|PPG - Bret Hedican (5) ASST: Justin Williams (27), Sean Hill (24)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Malone (22) ASST: Richard Jackman (14), Rico Fata (17)|
2 - 1 PIT
|PPG - Sean Hill (11) ASST: Justin Williams (28), Michael Zigomanis (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Kevyn Adams (9) ASST: Niclas Wallin (6), Radim Vrbata (11)|
3 - 2 CAR
|Dick Tarnstrom (14) ASST: Ryan Malone (20), Aleksey Morozov (26)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Aleksey Morozov (14) ASST: Richard Jackman (15), Dick Tarnstrom (34)|
4 - 3 PIT
|Glen Wesley Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Craig Adams Fighting (maj) against Landon Wilson|
|Landon Wilson Holding - Obstruction against Craig Adams|
|Landon Wilson Unsportsmanlike conduct against Craig Adams|
|Landon Wilson Fighting (maj) against Craig Adams|
|Dan Focht Elbowing|
|Brett Lysak Holding against Tom Kostopoulos|
|Aaron Ward Interference against Konstantin Koltsov|
|Josef Vasicek Hooking - Obstruction against Lasse Pirjeta|
|Jesse Boulerice Roughing against Richard Jackman|
|Josef Melichar Interference|
|Mike Eastwood Tripping against Kevyn Adams|
|Brooks Orpik Cross checking against Erik Cole|
|Mike Eastwood Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Sean Hill Hooking against Jon Sim|
|SA: 31||TOI: 61:17|
|Saves: 27||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 8|
|SV%: .871||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 24||TOI: 61:02|
|Saves: 21||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 3|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|