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
``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
``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
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.