Penguins pull away from Canes

May 21, 2009 

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead with 7.3 seconds left in the second period.

He scrapped the puck along the left boards and then moved towards the slot before elevating a wrist shot past Carolina goalie Cam Ward, sending the Hurricanes into the second intermission down a goal. …

At 3:11 in the second period, Pittsburgh center Maxime Talbot tied the game at 3-3.

The Hurricanes’ Dennis Seidenberg broke his stick on a good-look slapshot and Sidney Crosby chased down the puck and passed it to Talbot in the neutral zone.

Talbot got behind the Hurricanes' defenders, who left it up to goalie Cam Ward to stop Talbot. Ward didn’t. …

Hurricanes’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has given Carolina a 3-2 lead at 12:10 in the first period.

It was his first goal of the playoffs and was a blast from inside the blue line that Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t stop. …

Another pair of quick goals has the game tied at 2-2 in the first period.

Pittsburgh scored first, again, at 8:15 when Evgeni Malkin emerged from the bench and went straight to the crease to put in Tyler Kennedy’s pass from behind the net.

But 25 seconds later, the Hurricanes answered. Center Rod Brind’Amour, from behind the net, got the puck in front of the net, where Scott Walker missed but Jussi Jokinen didn’t at 8:40. …

Just over three minutes into the game and it’s tied 1-1 at Mellon Arena.

The Penguins scored first at 1:51 after Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby put in a wrap-around pass from forward Chris Kunitz.

At 3:07, Carolina center Eric Staal fired from the left circle and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t come up with the puck, which trickled by him across the goal mouth. Forward Chad LaRose moved to the crease and put the puck in. …

The Hurricanes have taken the ice for pregame warmups before Game 2 against the Penguins. Erik Cole is in uniform and on the ice and Tuomo Ruutu is not.

The pregame lines:





Michael Ryan also dressed for the warmup. Defenseman Anton Babchuk will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ...

Among the onlookers are scouts from the Detroit Red Wings, the defending Stanley Cup champions. Making an appearance tonight is Steve Yzerman, the former Wings star and a team vice president. ..

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