Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 2

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 12-20-4-2 8-10-0-2 4-10-4-0 L1
Pittsburgh 21-11-2-2 11-3-2-0 10-8-0-2 W4

Recap

James Neal collected a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the third period en route to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Steve Sullivan, Pascal Dupuis and Jordan Staal scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves for the Penguins, who registered 52 shots en route to winning their fourth straight game. Pittsburgh is now two points behind the first-place New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

Neal knotted the contest at 1-1 at the 8:10 mark of the second period as the Hurricanes failed to clear a rebound in front of the crease. Neal slid down the slot and swatted his team-leading 21st goal into the open net with Carolina goaltender Justin Peters out of the crease.

Pittsburgh secured the lead on the power play 1:18 into the third. Sullivan, who was stationed on the left point, accepted a feed from Evgeni Malkin and one-timed his seventh goal past Peters.

Dupuis finished off a 2-on-1 break 1:10 later and Staal beat Peters on another odd-man rush, lifting the puck high over the netminder’s shoulder.

Tuomo Ruutu scored his 14th goal of the season and Peters made 48 saves for the Hurricanes, who failed to secure their first three-game winning streak since Oct. 12-18.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Pittsburgh
Tim Brent 1 Points James Neal 2
Tim Brent 1 Goals James Neal 1
Tim Gleason 1 Assists Tyler Kennedy 2
N/A Power Play Goals Steve Sullivan 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Justin Peters .923 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .889
Justin Peters 48 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 16

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 18 2 0-2 2-3 6 38
Pittsburgh 52 4 1-3 2-2 4 31

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Philadelphia . The Penguins have a W/L % of .550 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Toronto . The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .308 after a loss.
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