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Jordan Staal, John-Michael Liles score to lift Hurricanes over struggling Penguins 2-1

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Jordan Staal and John-Michael Liles scored first-period power-play goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday night.

Staal scored on the power play 4:57 in for his seventh goal of the season and first career goal against his former team. Liles got his first goal of the year and first in 47 games with 5:04 left.

The Penguins have lost five straight, including four since hiring Mike Sullivan as coach to replace the fired Mike Johnston.

Cam Ward made 37 saves in his second start in as many nights. He started a 2-0 loss Friday night against Florida, allowing one goal on 17 shots.

Evgeni Malkin ended Pittsburgh's 0-for-19 power-play drought with his 15th goal of the season in the second period.

Matt Murray stopped 24 shots in his first NHL start for Pittsburgh.

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