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GAME REVIEW: HURRICANES 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Sami Kapanen scored twice in the second period and Arturs Irbe notched 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes improved to 10-8-6 on the season. Glen Wesley, Paul Coffey and Bates Battaglia also scored for the Hurricanes as the team tallied a season-high five goals.

Following a 3-3 tie last night in Tampa Bay, the Hurricanes responded with two first period scores by defensemen Wesley and Coffey to overcome a quick 1-0 deficit to the Penguins. Carolina has now received 10 goals from defensemen on the season through 24 games compared to scoring only 15 last year.

Following Pittsburgh's two early goals in the second period, Kapanen recorded his team-high 11th and 12th goals in a 6:09 span of the second period. Kapanen's first goal of the game came courtesy of the power-play. The Hurricanes have converted five goals on the power-play in their last three games.

Carolina was also stellar on the penalty kill, successfully denying the Penguins' four power-play attempts. The Hurricanes lead the league with a 100% penalty kill at home, not allowing a power-play goal in 10 games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (24-24).

With the win, Carolina is 4-2-0 in the second game of back-to-back games this season and is 6-0-0 in games played on Saturday.

For the second consecutive game, the Hurricanes were without the services of team captain Ron Francis who is day-to-day with vertigo.

POST-GAME QUOTES

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES

NOVEMBER 27, 1999

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:

“It’s nice to score more than one. That was an exciting game, probably a lot more wide open than both coaches would have liked. There was a lot of stuff before the whistle, during, and after.

Great goal tending by Arturs. Big goals from Sammy, coming through in a big game without Ron Francis is real important to our team. Power play was good. Penalty killing was good. We knew this seven game stretch was going to be tough and we’re 3-1-3, that’s pretty exciting.

I really think that O’Neill, Roberts, and Kovalenko are the difference up front for us. Not taking anything away from those other guys scoring, but they played ten minutes into the game against Jagr and played his line the rest of the night.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS COACH KEVIN CONSTANTINE

On Tom Barrasso:

“He was a little sore from last night. Our preference would have been not to use him but he said he was OK to back up. And if you’re OK to back up it means you’re available. That’s what that position is for, to jump in there in case of an injury or it might change the outcome of the game. So, he was available and we used him.”

On the game overall:

“I thought both teams played pretty hard, based on schedules and travel. They kept hanging in there and didn’t get down. I thought we played pretty good as a team and didn’t give up a lot. It was a combination of us giving up goals without giving up a lot of chances and them hanging in there and fighting back the whole night too.”

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Pittsburgh 1 2 0--3

Carolina 2 2 1--5

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FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Pittsburgh, A Morozov 5 (Hrdina, M Barnaby), 0:18. 2, Carolina, Wesley 2 (Oneill, Roberts), 11:15. 3, Carolina, Coffey 2 (power play) (Hill, Oneill), 14:25. Penalties: I Moran, Pit (roughing), 14:06; Manderville, Car (Obstr hooking), 17:39; Hill, Car (slashing), 19:16.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Pittsburgh, Straka 2 (A Morozov, Lang), 1:21. 5, Pittsburgh, Jagr 19 (Miller, Rozsival), 3:57. 6, Carolina, Kapanen 11 (power play) (Roberts, Kovalenko), 11:04. 7, Carolina, Kapanen 12 (Kron, Battaglia), 17:13. Penalties: Rozsival, Pit ( double high sticking minor), 8:25; Oneill, Car (boarding), 17:29.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 8, Carolina, Battaglia 9 (Hill, Kron), 4:05. Penalties: Jagr, Pit (Obstr hooking), 14:39; Leschyshyn, Car (high sticking), 17:29.

Shots on goal:

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Pittsburgh 5 12 12--29

Carolina 5 6 4--15

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Power-play Conversions: Pit - 0 of 4, Car - 2 of 4. Goalies: Pittsburgh, Skudra (11 shots, 7 saves; record: 3-5-3), T Barrasso (start of 3rd, 4, 3). Carolina, Irbe (29, 26; record: 8-6-6). A:14,268. Referees: Heyer, Trottier. Linesmen: Dapuzzo, Nowak.

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