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REVIEW: HURRICANES 3, PITTSBURGH 1

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The better the opponent, the better Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe seems to play.

Irbe stopped 34 shots and the Hurricanes scored two opportunistic goals to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Wednesday night.

Irbe, who shut out Ottawa in two of his last four games, made some spectacular saves to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season. He said he's in one of those zones that goalies enjoy at times during a season.

"I don't know what you call it, but I was seeing the puck," Irbe said. "I've been seeing it lately. Sometimes it just feels like, bring it on. It doesn't matter how many shots or what kind of shots or what kind of shooters. It's a good feeling to be in a groove like that."

Irbe said that facing gifted offensive players also raises the level of his game.

"There's another team, Ottawa, and I had a blast playing them," Irbe said, referring to his two most recent shutouts. "Unfortunately we don't have scheduled games in Pittsburgh any more this season so I just have to wait for a different challenge."

Rob DiMaio and Rod Brind'Amour turned Pittsburgh turnovers into goals, to help send the Penguins to their third loss in four games.The Penguins hadn't allowed a short-handed goal in 19 games this season until DiMaio scored one in the final minute of the first period.

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin gave the puck away behind the net and DiMaio was able to skate to the net and jam a shot in off Aubin's skate.

A Penguins mistake gave Carolina a second goal at 5:54 of the second. Aleksey Morozov tried to pass to middle of the ice in the defensive zone and the puck was intercepted by Jeff O'Neill.

Aubin stopped O'Neill's shot, but Brind'Amour knocked in the rebound for his third goal.

That came just after the Penguins had four consecutive minutes of power-play time and generated only three shots on goal.

"I got a sense that after we killed that, we had the advantage," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

O'Neill scored into an empty net with 12 seconds left in the game.

Game notes
The Hurricanes were 1-6 on the road since winning at Pittsburgh on Oct. 18. ... DiMaio returned after sitting out two games because of back spasms.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Carolina1023
Pittsburgh0011

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Dimaio 3 (shorthanded)(unassisted), 19:16. Penalties: Adams, Car (holding stick), 6:45; Oneill,Car (slashing), 18:01.
Second Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Simicek, Pit (high sticking),3:44; Hrdina, Pit (holding), 11:57; Battaglia, Car (interference), 13:21.
Third Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Brindamour 3 (Oneill), 5:54. 3,Pittsburgh, Slegr 1 (Straka, Miller), 12:04. 4, Carolina, Oneill 5 (emptynet) (Brindamour, Battaglia), 19:48. Penalties: G Wesley, Car ( doublehigh sticking minor), 0:31; Ozolinsh, Car (hooking), 6:39.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina688--22
Pittsburgh

11
12
12
--35

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 2, Pit - 0 of 6. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (35 shots, 34 saves; record: 6-7-3). Pittsburgh, J Aubin (21, 19;record: 7-5-0). A:13,356. Referees: Jackson, Joannette. Linesmen: Pare,Sartison.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

CarolinaPittsburgh
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
even
+2
+2
+1
-1
+2
even
+1
+1
-1
even
even
+1
+2
even
even
even
-1
0
2
2
3
3
0
3
1
1
2
0
0
0
3
1
0
1
0
A Morozov
Corbet
Ference
Hrdina
Jagr
Jonsson
Kasparaitis
Kovalev
Kraft
Lang
M Barnaby
Miller
Norton
Rozsival
Simicek
Slegr
Straka
Trebil
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
-1
-2
even
-1
-2
even
-1
even
-1
even
even
-1
even
even
even
-1
-1
even
2
3
1
0
5
1
1
4
1
3
2
3
0
0
0
3
3
3
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