Carolina scored four goals in the third period to post a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on Saturday night.
The Penguins (1-5-5) held a 3-1 lead through two periods, but the Hurricanes came back in the third period with two power-play goals and an even-strength tally. They added an empty-net goal to seal the contest.
“That’s a tough loss, that’s for sure,” Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. “For two periods we played really well. I kind of felt the first couple shifts in the third period, we weren’t doing the kinds of things we were doing early in the game. I just kind of felt the tide was turning.”
In the first period, Cory Stillman gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead 3:19 into the contest when he scored power-play goal on a two-man advantage. His shot trickled past Sebastien Caron for a 1-0 lead.
John LeClair tied it at 1-1 with 5:54 left in the period. He tipped in a rebound from a Ric Jackman shot past Martin Gerber. Konstantin Koltsov got the other assist.
Sergei Gonchar and Ziggy Palffy scored goals to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period.
Gonchar put the Penguins up 2-1 when 2:06 into the period. Gerber snared the puck in his glove, but the video replay judge ruled Gerber’s glove was past the goal line when he caught it. Mark Recchi and Mario Lemieux added assists.
Palffy boosted Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1 when his shot redirected past Gerber with 13:24 left in the second.
Rod Brind’Amour scored a power-play goal with 7:36 to play to slice Carolina’s deficit to 3-2.
The Hurricanes tied the game at 3-3 just 1:30 later when Glen Wesley’s shot deflected past Caron.
Carolina took a 4-3 lead with 3:14 to play on a Ray Whitney power-play goal.
Justin Williams added the empty-netter with 34 seconds remaining.
The loss closed out a three-game homestand for the Penguins. They begin a season-long five-game road trip Tuesday in New Jersey.
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