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game recap

Hurricanes 5, Penguins 3

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 10:22 PM

Michael Smith

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Hurricanes 5, Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Carolina Hurricanes 5
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Skinner
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:05
Eric Staal
2nd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:30
Cam Ward
3rd
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 31-33
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .925SH: 1-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal kept his focus after his apparent breakaway goal was waived off early in the third period.

The result was a big victory for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Staal scored for the first time in a month and the Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night.

Staal converted a rebound at 15:26 in the third, smacking it past Brent Johnson to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead after they wasted a three-goal advantage. It was Staal's fourth goal of the season and first since Oct. 18.

He appeared to snap his drought earlier in the period, but the official had a quick whistle and blew the play dead before the puck crossed the goal line.

"You can feel sorry for yourself or you can go out next shift and do your best," Staal said. "I felt like I did that, and I was I rewarded, which was nice."

Chad LaRose added a breakaway score with 2:30 left.

Jeff Skinner had a goal and two assists and Tuomo Ruutu had two goals for the Hurricanes, who led 3-0 lead after two periods and snapped a four-game slide. Cam Ward had 37 saves.

Jordan Staal, Eric's brother, scored two goals and Chris Kunitz added another to help the Penguins rally in the third. Johnson made 21 stops while starting in place of Marc-Andre Fleury.

"We had made one or two mistakes that allowed them to get some goals there in the second period, but we still felt like we had the potential to come back," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.

Ward was particularly sharp in the first two periods, turning aside a flurry of quality opportunities from the Penguins. He stopped Evgeni Malkin on a partial breakaway, Kunitz on a rebound opportunity in front and James Neal on a 2-on-1 with a nice glove save.

"He earned first star tonight," Bylsma said.

Eric Staal admitted afterward he was motivated by the play of his brother, who sparked the Penguins' rally by scoring twice early in the third.

The first came on a one-timer in the slot while the second came on a short-handed breakaway. Staal feathered the puck between Ward's legs and pumped his fist to the delight of the Pittsburgh fans in attendance.

Their roars got louder when Kunitz beat Ward on a wrist shot to tie the score at 3 with 7:42 remaining.

But Eric Staal prevented another difficult loss for Carolina.

"It's great to see Eric cash in with that goal," Ward said. "He's worked extremely hard. It's just a matter of time. He's too good."

NOTES: Pittsburgh's Steve Sullivan left the game with a lower-body injury. . Carolina D Joni Pitkanen missed the game with a lower-body injury. He is considered day to day. . Sidney Crosby (concussion) is expected to return soon for the Penguins. ... Carolina was outscored 18-6 during its losing streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:22
CAR
Jeff Skinner (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (7), Tomas Kaberle (4)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
15:51
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (9), Jussi Jokinen (8)
2 - 0 CAR
19:03
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (10)
3 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
01:40
PIT
Jordan Staal (7) Snap shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (8), James Neal (6)
3 - 1 CAR
04:43
PIT
SHG - Jordan Staal (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Cooke (5), Brooks Orpik (2)
3 - 2 CAR
12:18
PIT
Chris Kunitz (6) Snap shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (8)
3 - 3 Tie
15:26
CAR
Eric Staal (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Gleason (5), Chad LaRose (6)
4 - 3 CAR
17:30
CAR
Chad LaRose (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (3), Jay Harrison (6)
5 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:05
PIT
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
04:05
CAR
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
09:32
CAR
Zac Dalpe  Boarding against  Paul Martin
10:55
PIT
James Neal  Roughing against  Jay Harrison
10:55
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Roughing against  Patrick Dwyer
10:55
CAR
Patrick Dwyer  Roughing against  Evgeni Malkin
10:55
CAR
Jay Harrison  Roughing against  James Neal
17:08
PIT
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Jussi Jokinen
17:17
CAR
Jamie McBain  Tripping against  Richard Park
2nd Period
01:29
PIT
Matt Niskanen  Hi-sticking against  Jeff Skinner
03:44
CAR
Jay Harrison  Interference against  Evgeni Malkin
04:17
CAR
Tim Brent  Tripping against  Evgeni Malkin
3rd Period
04:31
PIT
Arron Asham  Slashing against  Jeff Skinner
10:04
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Tripping against  Jeff Skinner
19:30
CAR
Chad LaRose  Hooking against  Kris Letang
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
1-2-2
SA: 26TOI: 58:31
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .808SH: 2 - 2
Cam Ward
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .925SH: 1 - 2