I reported yesterday that Ward would be in net, I was wrong, it was Peter’s. Did not really matter because the Pittsburgh Penguins Put on a Clinic with 52 shots on goal, and beat the Carolina Hurricane 4-2.
The Penguins got a goal from James Neal in the second period to tie things up. The Pens then scored 2 more goals in a matter of a minute to begin the 3rd period. First a power play goal from Sullivan, then a minute later, Dupuis scored an equal strength goal to put it out of reach. Jordan Staal chipped one in later in the the period to make the game 4-1. The Hurricane got a late score from Ruutu which drew them within a couple. But that was all they could get past Fleury.
As a whole, Justin Peter’s for the Hurricane played a heck of a game, stopping 48 of 52 shots and only giving up 1 power play goal in 10 shots. That has really been the story of the year for Carolina. Little defensive help for the Goaltenders. In contrast, Fleury only stopped 16 of 18 shots. That’s right, the Pens out shot the Canes by nearly 34 shots.
The Pens now quickly turn the page, for they have to get ready for the Flyers at home on Thursday night. It will mark the official return of Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr to the City of Pittsburgh. This game is not only big because of the homecoming, but also because they are currently tied with the Flyers and only 2 points behind the Rangers for the lead in the Atlantic Division. There will be a great deal of passion and excitement in the building tomorrow night for this game.
Dan Bylsma also gave an injury update today before the morning skate and all the information is according to Sam Kasan from the Penguins Report.
Crosby is doing light exercise, though still having symptoms. Letang is feeling better and progressing. Not skating. Kunitz was sick and was told to stay home. Park is skating, and may take part in the morning skate. The Same with Martin and lastly, Bortuzzo is progressing and will skate prior to practice tomorrow.