Pittsburgh
Penguins
36-12-0
Carolina
Hurricanes
19-25-4

33 SOG
28 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
PIT
CAR
game recap

Canes Can't Hold On

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 10:43 PM

Michael Smith

Three Stars of the Game
Pascal Dupuis
1st
Pascal Dupuis
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:22
Evgeni Malkin
2nd
Evgeni Malkin
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:12
Riley Nash
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 11:00

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Brenden Morrow scored his first goal with the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo added a goal, and Pascal Dupuis had an empty-netter and two assists.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for Penguins, who were without a handful of regulars - including captain Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Kris Letang - but still had plenty of timely firepower to hand the Hurricanes their club-record eighth straight home loss.

Joe Corvo and Bobby Sanguinetti scored early goals for the Hurricanes, and Riley Nash put them up 3-2 exactly 2 minutes into the third.

Bennett tied it with 10:11 left by slipping a backhand past Justin Peters, and Malkin scored with 9:58 left by poking the rebound of Jarome Iginla's shot past Peters.

Dupuis scored into an empty net with 1.9 seconds left.

Peters made 28 saves for Carolina, which lost its sixth straight and for the 13th time in 14 games.

These teams have gone in opposite directions since their last meeting - a 4-1 Carolina win at home over the listless-at-the-time Penguins on Feb. 28.

Pittsburgh responded by winning 17 of 19, including a 15-game winning streak that ended last week, to take control of the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, descended into one of the worst slumps in club history - one that has enveloped nearly one-third of the compressed 48-game schedule.

Since taking a 2-0, first period lead against Washington on March 14 - a game they went on to lose 3-2 - the Hurricanes have been outscored 56-21. Carolina has gone from the top of the Southeast Division to near the bottom of the conference.

But some injured players began to trickle back into the lineup: defenseman Justin Faulk was activated from the injured list, and Alexander Semin returned after missing two games with an upper body injury.

Two Carolina defensemen - Sanguinetti and Corvo - scored off first-period faceoffs, with Sanguinetti's slap shot tying it at 2 with 4:27 left. Corvo struck first 4:06 in.

Bortuzzo tied it at 1 just 92 seconds after Corvo's goal when he went backdoor and scored off a pretty cross-ice pass from Pascal Dupuis. Morrow briefly put the Penguins up 2-1 with 6:11 left with his first goal with the Penguins, coming on an impressive effort in the slot.

When Nash scored with 18 minutes left, backhanding a rebound high past Fleury, it was his first goal since he had two against Washington on March 12.

But Bennett and Malkin scored in bang-bang fashion to keep the Penguins surging and the Hurricanes reeling.

NOTES: The Penguins have now beaten every team in the East this season. ... Carolina made room for Faulk by sending D Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the AHL. ... LW Jussi Jokinen, traded by the Hurricanes to Pittsburgh at the deadline, assisted on Morrow's goal. Another former Carolina player, RW Craig Adams, had two assists.

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scoring summary
1st Period
04:06
CAR
PPG - Joe Corvo (5) Snap shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (15)
1 - 0 CAR
05:38
PIT
Robert Bortuzzo (2) Tip-in - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (11), Craig Adams (4)
1 - 1 Tie
13:49
PIT
Brenden Morrow (7) Snap shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (6), Pascal Dupuis (12)
2 - 1 PIT
15:33
CAR
Bobby Sanguinetti (2) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Staal (26)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:00
CAR
Riley Nash (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (4), Chad LaRose (2)
3 - 2 CAR
09:49
PIT
Beau Bennett (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Craig Adams (5), Deryk Engelland (6)
3 - 3 Tie
10:02
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (14)
4 - 3 PIT
19:58
PIT
EN - Pascal Dupuis (19) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:02
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Westgarth
02:02
CAR
Kevin Westgarth  Fighting (maj) against  Deryk Engelland
02:29
PIT
Craig Adams  Slashing against  Drayson Bowman
03:03
CAR
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Mark Eaton
03:22
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Tripping against  Jeff Skinner
2nd Period
09:27
CAR
Riley Nash  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Sutter
14:58
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Slashing against  Pascal Dupuis
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
20-6-0
SA: 28TOI: 59:55
Saves: 25EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Justin Peters
SA: 32TOI: 58:57
Saves: 28EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0