The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a great job in most regards this season, but they have one noteworthy blemish on their record: They have come up short in divisional contests. Carolina earned a 4-2 victory tonight, pushing Pittsburgh to 3-4-1 against its Metropolitan competition.
That might not be a horrendous record, but it is jarring compared to Pittsburgh’s 12-2-1 showing against the rest of the league.
The Hurricanes outshot Pittsburgh 35-22 on Friday, but the Penguins were in this game until the end. Jiri Tlusty and Kris Letang traded goals within a minute of each other late in the first period and the score was tied at 2-2 by the second intermission. It took a power-play goal from Nathan Gerbe at 3:10 of the final frame to give Carolina a lead that would finally stick.
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Tlusty found the empty net with 13 seconds remaining in the…
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