On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins put a stop to their three-game losing streak by upending the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1. In ending their losing streak, the Penguins have put the Hurricanes on a three-game losing streak of their own.
The game started, not with a goal, but with a fight. At 2:28 of the first period, Brett Sutter was staring at Craig Adams’ numbers, but decided to check him into the boards anyway. So, obviously not appreciating Sutter’s actions, Joe Vitale dropped the gloves with him, earning each player five minutes in the box. On top of their fighting majors, Vitale got an additional two minutes for roughing and Sutter got another two for boarding. Minutes later, the Penguins lit up the scoreboard first when Tanner Glass doubled his goal production from last year, scoring his second goal of the season and giving Pittsburgh the 1-0 lead. On the Glass goal, Jayson Megna got the primary assist for his first career NHL point. Sneaky little setup by the Penguins to have Megna lineup as a defenseman in order to fly into the Canes’ zone and beat the defender to the puck. With about six minutes remaining in the period, Brandon Sutter was called for tripping Alexander Semin, giving Carolina their first power play of the game. A minute into the power play, Adams was called for slashing Eric Staal to give the Canes a two-man advantage. At 16:03, Nathan Gerbe tied the game at one with a one-timer in front of Marc-Andre Fleury, setup by Elias Lindholm. At the end of the first period, the Penguins led the Hurricanes in shots, 12-5, but were tied on the scoreboard.
In what seems to be a pattern this season, the second period was a lull. However, there was a goal, but not until there was less than four minutes remaining in the period. At 16:24, Brooks Orpik found Sidney Crosby sitting at the Carolina blue line. Crosby then spun around Andrej Sekera, and found Chris Kunitz skating down the wing who then beat Justin Peters on his glove side to put Pittsburgh ahead, 2-1. That’s how the second period ended, with the Penguins leading 2-1.
The third period saw a Penguins rookie put a bow on the strong game that he was having. Almost halfway through the final frame, Orpik held the puck at the Carolina blue line. He found Crosby between the circles, who through the puck at the net. The puck deflected off of Jayson Megna, and behind Peters to give Megna his first career NHL goal and the Penguins the 3-1 lead. As noted earlier, Megna got his first career point on Glass’ goal in the first period. Fleury would stop the three shots he faced in the period to give Pittsburgh the victory and end their three-game losing streak.
The Penguins next take to the ice Wednesday night in Pittsburgh as they seek revenge for getting swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals last season (8:00 pm/et; NBCSN, RDS2).
-Game pucks from Jayson Megna’s first career goal and point.
-Because he lost the shootout in practice, Megna has to wear a pumpkin shirt until Halloween (sorry, couldn’t find a picture).
-Brooks Orpik had a career-high three assists.
-Chuck Kobasew left the game with a lower body injury.
-Rob Scuderi has a broken ankle that requires surgery. There is no timetable for his return.
1. C Jayson Megna (1G, 1A)
2. C Sidney Crosby (2A)
3. RW Alexander Semin (1A)