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Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2, OT
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -There wasn't a second to spare for Jamie McBain to beat Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh with his first NHL goal.

Turns out a second - or, actually, nine-tenths of one - was all the rookie needed.

McBain's slap shot from above the circles streaked by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury just ahead of the horn in overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a late deficit to defeat the Penguins 3-2 on Saturday, despite losing goalie Manny Legace to an injury.

Seconds after Fleury made what looked to be a potential game-saving stop on Chad LaRose's wrist shot, McBain - getting two points in his third career game - beat Fleury on a shot that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said deflected off his hand. Crosby was not hurt.

McBain didn't know how precious little time was left, and he might have been nervous if he had.

"I knew there was less than 5 seconds left, so I just tried to bring it to the middle and kind of shoot it as fast as possible," he said. "Colesey (Erik Cole) was right in front with a great screen. I don't think Fleury saw it, and it found its way through."

And the Hurricanes found a way to beat one of the Eastern Conference's top teams again. They are 11-3-1 since Feb. 5, beating Pittsburgh twice and Washington once in the last 10 days.

Defeating those teams is special, even for a club that remains six points out of the final conference playoff spot. Getting his first goal this way, against this team, was equally exciting for the 22-year-old McBain, a second-round draft pick in 2006 who assisted on Ray Whitney's game-winning goal in overtime Thursday against the Capitals.

"You dream about it happening since you were a little kid and for it to be this kind of game, this kind of atmosphere, going against one of the top teams in the league and an overtime winner with not much time left, it's a pretty special feeling," he said.

Not for the Penguins, who led 2-1 on Evgeni Malkin's goal on a wrist shot from the left circle with 6:55 remaining but couldn't hold the lead. Joni Pitkanen tied it at the 16-minute mark with a drive from the left circle off Eric Staal's long pass from behind the goal line.

"This was a tough one," said Fleury, who made 26 saves.

It also was for Legace, who needed several minutes to get back to his feet after being upended by Tyler Kennedy during a second-period scramble in front of the net. Kennedy was called for goaltender interference at 6:43 and Legace, despite initially staying in the game, was lifted with an unspecified lower body injury when play stopped again 49 seconds later.

"That's a backup's job. You have got to make sure you're ready for any opportunity that arises," said Justin Peters, who replaced Legace and made 15 saves. "They didn't have a lot of chances. I was able to feel comfortable in there and hold the fort for the guys."

Pittsburgh tied it 1-all on its third shot against Peters, Jordan Staal's first power-play goal in 123 games. Staal's 20th goal of the season came with 18 seconds left in the second period.

The Penguins, trying to strengthen their position for another run at the Stanley Cup, added a point and lead New Jersey by two in the Atlantic Division. The Devils were scheduled to play St. Louis at home later Saturday.

"We've got to find a way to finish the game and get two points," Crosby said. "I don't think we generated as much as we wanted. If we're doing the right things out there, we're going to get our shots no matter how teams play against us."

Pittsburgh was held to four shots in the first period, when Zach Boychuk put Carolina ahead 1-0 at 6:48. McBain and Pitkanen were given assists.

"We didn't come out the way we should in the first period. We didn't set the tone," Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko said. "I feel like we definitely need to play better in the first period."

NOTES: Malkin returned after sitting out games in New Jersey and Boston with a bruised right foot. ... Pittsburgh, coming off a 2-2-1 road trip, played its only home game in a span of eight games. The Penguins play at Detroit on Monday and Washington on Wednesday. ... Carolina went 3-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in overtime in Raleigh on March 11. ... Jordan Staal hadn't scored on the power play since Dec. 18, 2008, in Atlanta. ... Alexei Ponikarovsky assisted on both Pittsburgh goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:48
CAR
Zach Boychuk (3) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (38), Jamie McBain (3)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
19:42
PIT
PPG - Jordan Staal (20) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (25), Sidney Crosby (43)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
13:05
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (24) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (18), Alexei Ponikarovsky (26)
2 - 1 PIT
16:00
CAR
Joni Pitkanen (6) ASST: Eric Staal (35), Ray Whitney (32)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
04:59
CAR
Jamie McBain (1) ASST: Chad LaRose (10), Bryan Rodney (6)
3 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:43
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Legace
10:18
CAR
Brian Pothier  Interference against  Ruslan Fedotenko
18:45
CAR
Brian Pothier  Holding against  Tyler Kennedy
3rd Period
03:57
PIT
Mike Rupp  Holding against  Brett Carson
05:35
PIT
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
08:47
CAR
Erik Cole  Holding against  Alex Goligoski
09:14
PIT
Alex Goligoski  Interference against  Brandon Sutter
17:06
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Boarding against  Jamie McBain
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 8TOI: 27:32
Saves: 8EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Justin Peters
SA: 17TOI: 37:27
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
33-18-5
SA: 29TOI: 64:55
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0