10:01 PM: The Pens with this game to take a 3-0 lead in the series. They outshot the Hurricanes 40-34, in the game.
9:59 PM: Guerin stuffs in a back-hand shot to put this game out of reach for the Canes.
Penguins 6, Hurricanes 2.
9:57 PM: Adams lobs in an empty-net goal.
9:54 PM: Now the game is four-on-four.
9:52 PM: The Pens go on the penalty kill as Satan goes to the box for interference.
9:51 PM: Malkin looks like he is doing OK now.
9:50 PM: A skate hit Malkin's face and he skates to the bench looking a bit hurt.
9:49 PM: Kennedy releases a shot from the near circle and Staal attempts to dish in the rebound but the puck deflects off of traffic.
9:43 PM: Malkin drops a pass to Fedotenko who releases a shot over Ward's glove.
Penguins 4, Hurricanes 2.
9:41 PM: Kunitz lays out on the ice to block a shot from the point and he successfully breaks up Carolina's play.
9:37 PM: The penalty on Gonchar expires and the Pens successfully kill it off thanks to a key faceoff that Jordan Staal won against his older brother Eric Staal.
9:36 PM: Fleury gloves down a shot from Brind'Amour.
9:33 PM: Walker is now on the bench and the game resumes with Gonchar serving the Penguins' first penalty of the game.
9:32 PM: Walker is down on the ice after a collision with Gonchar behind the Pens' net.
9:31 PM: Fleury blocks a wrap-around chance.
9:29 PM: Ward denies Kunitz on a shot.
9:26 PM: Samsonov bats in a rebound from the slot.
Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2.
9:22 PM: The third period begins.
9:16 PM: Intermission numbers of note:
-The Pens are outshooting the Canes, 31-16, so far in the game.
-The Pens are winning 53% of faceoffs so far in the game.
-Kunitz and Malkin have each tallied 5 shots in the game.
-Ruutu has only played 6 shifts in the game while Cole has tallied five hits and three shots so far.
9:04 PM: The second period concludes with neither team netting a goal in the frame.
9:03 PM: Ward denies Guerin on a chance.
9:02 PM: Penguins fans actually occupy the rows bin front of the coaches booth in the press box and one fan is holding a sign that says "The real eye of the storm."
8:59 PM: For the record, there are a number of Pens fans in the house tonight faithfully sporting the black and gold in a sea of red.
8:57 PM: Fleury blocks a shot from Cole.
8:50 PM: Walker releases a shot that Fluery stops by pinching in close to the goal post and then covered up.
8:46 PM: The Pens are leading in shots, 7-3, so far in this period.
8:43 PM: Fleury blocks a shot from Cole.
8:42 PM: The power play expires.
8:40 PM: The Pens go on the power play.
8:36 PM: Kennedy fires a shot through traffic that Ward manages to stop.
8:35 PM: Talbot gets two great chances but Ward makes the saves.
8:43 PM: The second period begins.
8:19 PM: The first period ends and the Pens have a two-goal lead. Shots favored the Pens, 16-8, in the period.
8:16 PM: Malkin flips a shot through Ward's five-hole to up the Penguins' lead to 3-1.
Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1.
8:15 PM: Guerin set up Crosby with a pass in the crease that Crosby chipped over Ward with a pretty backhand shot.
Penguins 2, Hurricanes 1.
8:12 PM: The Talbot-Malkin-Fedotenko line is working hard to create havoc in Carolina's end.
8:08 PM: Letang pinches in and wrists a shot that Ward blocks.
8:05 PM: Fleury blocks a pair of lob shots in the Pens' end. The Pens are outshooting the Canes, 9-7, so far in the game.
8:03 PM: The power play expires.
8:00 PM: The Pens receive another power play.
7:54 PM: Malkin intercepts a puck that Gleason attempted to clear out of Carolina's zone. Malkin rushed to the blue paint and wristed a shot over the shoulder of Ward to convert on the power-play chance and tie the game at 1-1.
Penguins 1, Hurricanes 1.
7:49 PM: The Pens earn a power-play chance.
7:48 PM: Ward denies Kunitz on a chance from the crease.
7:47 PM: Eaves worked the puck behind the Pens' net and passed it out to Cullen who pounded it in to give the Canes an early lead.
Hurricanes 1, Penguins 0.
7:44 PM: Fleury makes a stick save on Cole.
7:43 PM: Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu, who sustained an injury in Game 1 and missed Game 2, is on the ice.
7:42 PM: Gonchar blocks a Samsanov shot.
7:40 PM: The puck drops.
7:34 PM: The Penguins are ready to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Scratches for the Penguins tonight are forwards Pascal Dupuis
, Petr Sykora, Jeff Taffe, Eric Godard, Chris Minard, Dustin Jeffrey
, defensemen Ben Lovejoy
and Alex Goligoski and goaltender John Curry.
Scratches for Carolina include Drayson Bowman, Brandon Sutter, Michael Ryan, Zach Boychuk, Brett Carson, Bryan Rodney, Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Patrick Dwyer, Dwight Helminen and Justin Peters.