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Carolina Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Carolina Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 FINAL OT
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Aleksey Morozov wanted everyone to know how much fun the Pittsburgh Penguins are having these days.

So after scoring a power-play goal at 1:17 of overtime Friday night for a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, Morozov grabbed the front of his jersey and displayed the Penguins' logo to fans at Mellon Arena.

``I was just trying to show the fans that we're hot,'' Morozov said after his 14th goal helped the Penguins push their home unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). ``We're good and they should come to the games.

``It's really fun to be here right now. There are a lot of good guys in the dressing room. Everybody is happy, everybody's smiling.''

Pittsburgh remains last in the NHL's overall standings but is 8-3-2 in its last 13 games and has moved within three points of Columbus.

Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk didn't see Morozov's celebration, but he understood it.

``To me, it's about respect and not only representing our city, but Mario (Lemieux) and the Penguins,'' Olczyk said.

The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in 10 consecutive road games (6-0-1-3) but are 11 points behind the New York Islanders and the playoff cutoff in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina had a 3-2 lead when Dick Tarnstrom beat goaltender Kevin Weekes with a backhander from the left circle with 5:15 to play in the third period.

``This was a tough one to let slip through our fingers because we needed it bad,'' said Kevyn Adams, whose goal at 9:47 of the third period gave Carolina its first lead of the game, 3-2. ``But you have to give them credit _ they played hard. They've been playing real well the last 10, 12 games.''

Carolina, whose power play ranks last in the league, got power-play goals from Sean Hill and Brett Hedican.

Jon Sim and Ryan Malone also scored for Pittsburgh.

Morozov, returning to the lineup Friday after missing two games with a sore back, scored his third career overtime goal and second this season after the rebound of a shot by Ric Jackman bounced right to him at the bottom of the right circle.

``He's been playing great for us,'' Tarnstrom said of Morozov, who has scored a goal in each of his last four games. ``It's not surprising that he scored the last goal.''

The goal came with Hill in the penalty box for hooking. With 2:04 to play in regulation, Carolina failed to convert a power play after the Penguins' Mike Eastwood was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

``We had some chances. But we had the lead with five minutes to go in the game,'' said Hurricanes' coach Peter Laviolette. ``We ended up in a two-on-two battle, one of our guys got picked and (Tarnstrom) came out of the corner and made a real nice shot.''

Hill snapped a shot past Sebastien Caron from the right circle at 12:53 of the second period during a two-man advantage for his 11th goal, tying the game 2-2.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead late in the first period on Malone's power-play goal at 17:21. Malone swept a forehand shot past Weekes from his knees after being knocked down in the slot by Niclas Wallin, scoring his 22nd goal and first in six games.

Sim scored his eighth at 7:54 of the opening period, going to the net and firing a shot that hit the right post and bounced off the back of Weekes' right leg and in.

Hedican tied it when his shot from the center point squirted between Caron's pads on the power play at 12:24. It was Hedican's fifth of the season and broke Carolina's 0-for-17 drought on the power play.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:54
PIT
Jon Sim (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (11), Brooks Orpik (8)
1 - 0 PIT
12:24
CAR
PPG - Bret Hedican (5) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (27), Sean Hill (24)
1 - 1 Tie
17:21
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Richard Jackman (14), Rico Fata (17)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
12:53
CAR
PPG - Sean Hill (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (28), Michael Zigomanis (2)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:47
CAR
Kevyn Adams (9) Tip-in - ASST: Niclas Wallin (6), Radim Vrbata (11)
3 - 2 CAR
14:45
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (20), Aleksey Morozov (26)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
01:17
PIT
PPG - Aleksey Morozov (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Richard Jackman (15), Dick Tarnstrom (34)
4 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:28
CAR
Glen Wesley  Unsportsmanlike conduct
08:28
CAR
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Landon Wilson
08:28
PIT
Landon Wilson  Holding - Obstruction against  Craig Adams
08:28
PIT
Landon Wilson  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Craig Adams
08:28
PIT
Landon Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
10:42
PIT
Dan Focht  Elbowing
15:43
CAR
Brett Lysak  Holding against  Tom Kostopoulos
18:21
CAR
Aaron Ward  Interference against  Konstantin Koltsov
2nd Period
01:00
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Hooking - Obstruction against  Lasse Pirjeta
09:17
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Roughing against  Richard Jackman
11:59
PIT
Josef Melichar  Interference
12:19
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Tripping against  Kevyn Adams
3rd Period
06:22
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Cross checking against  Erik Cole
17:56
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Unsportsmanlike conduct
OT Period
00:39
CAR
Sean Hill  Hooking against  Jon Sim
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
SA: 31TOI: 61:17
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
Sebastien Caron
SA: 24TOI: 61:02
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1