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Penguins' Kessel scores twice in preseason debut

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Phil Kessel had two goals in his Pittsburgh Penguins debut, and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in a 7-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Kessel, who was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, had four shots playing on a line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

Kris Letang had a goal and three assists, and defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Daniel Sprong each had a goal and an assist.

Sergei Gonchar, 41, who was signed to a professional tryout contract by the Penguins, had a power-play goal. Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each had two assists.

James Wisniewski, Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes.

Cam Ward started for Carolina and allowed six goals on 21 shots in 29:12. Rasmus Tirronen allowed one goal on eight shots in 27:57.

Marc-Andre Fleury started for the Penguins and made 22 saves on 25 shots. Backup Mathew Murray stopped all six shots he faced.

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