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Pens hold off Canes

Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis scored 1:27 apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins made a late defensive stand to beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.

What started Saturday night as a defensive battle ended the same way as the Penguins were able to hold the Hurricanes scoreless in the final minutes of the game in spite of penalty trouble that left the Penguins with only three men on the ice to the Hurricanes six.

During the first period Brent Johnson and the Penguins defenders held the Hurricanes scoreless and to only eight shots. Johnson’s counterpart and fellow back-up, Brian Boucher, held the Penguins scoreless, sending both teams into the first intermission tied at zero.

The second period started in similar fashion, but just over eight minutes into the second Craig Adams launched a slap shot that found its way into the net. About ten minutes later, however, the Hurricanes’ defenseman Jamie McBain scored his first goal of the season. The team made their way into the locker rooms tied once again.

In the third period, Penguins Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis scored less than a minute and a half apart to give the Pens the 3-1 lead. Not long after taking the lead back, however, the Penguins found themselves falling victim to the penalty bug.

After committing no penalties in the first two periods, the Pens sent six men to the box in the third period. That included the power play during which McBain scored his second goal of the season, bringing the Hurricanes within one goal of the shorthanded Penguins.

With less than a minute left the Penguins found themselves nursing that one goal lead with only three men on the ice after the Hurricanes pulled their goaltender during a 5-on-3. Brent Johnson saved five shots during the final two minutes including falling on a puck with under 20 seconds left to give the Pens the win in his 300th game in goal.

This win was the first time the Penguins have won twice in a row on the road since October. They’ll look to bring that magic home Tuesday night when they take on the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM.

Three Stars:
1.Craig Adams
2.Brent Johnson
3. Arron Asham

Scoresheet:
Goals:  

PIT: Craig Adams  (14),  Arron Asham (2), Pascal Dupuis (8)
CAR: Jamie McBain (1) and Jamie McBain(2)
Assists:
PIT: Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, , Craig Adams, Paul Martin, Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin
CAR: Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart, Patrick Dwyer, and Jussi Jokinen

In the Net:
PIT: Brent Johnson  (W) 30-32
CAR: Brian Bouchert  (L)  37-40

Special Teams:
PIT: 0-3
CAR: 1-6

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