Carolina 5, Pittsburgh 3

Saturday, November 12, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 10-4-1-2 5-1-1-0 5-3-0-2 L1
Carolina 6-8-2-1 4-3-0-1 2-5-2-0 W1


Eric Staal scored the game-winner with 4:34 left in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes pulled out a 5-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

The Penguins trailed 3-0 but climbed all the way back with three goals in the third, including Chris Kunitz’s tally to even things up at 12:18. Staal answered back for Carolina on a feed from Chad LaRose, who then closed things out with his own goal two minutes later.

Tuomo Ruutu tallied twice in a span of 3:11 in the second period and Jeff Skinner scored his seventh goal of the season with two assists to help the Hurricanes stop a four-game losing skid.

Ruutu doubled the Hurricanes’ lead at 15:51 of the second period, finishing from the doorstep to beat a diving Brent Johnson after Skinner sent a pass across the mouth of the goal. The 27-year-old Finn was at it again moments later, retrieving a loose puck and using a backhand for the 3-0 advantage.

Jordan Staal scored a pair of goals during the first 4:43 of the third period, the second coming with the Penguins shorthanded, to pull them within 3-2. The setback snapped Pittsburgh’s brief two-game win streak.

Cam Ward finished with 37 saves for the Hurricanes.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Carolina
Jordan Staal 2 Points Jeff Skinner 3
Jordan Staal 2 Goals Tuomo Ruutu 2
Matt Cooke 1 Assists Jeff Skinner 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Jordan Staal 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Brent Johnson .808 Save Percentage Cam Ward .925
Brent Johnson 21 Saves Cam Ward 37

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 40 3 0-5 4-4 17 33
Carolina 26 5 0-4 5-5 19 33

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Penguins have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .571 after a loss.
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