One losing streak had to end. Another had to continue.
Thats what was facing the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. One team would leave the ice happy and relieved and other still searching for answers.
The Penguins won 3-1, ending a three-game losing streak in a Metropolitan Division game at PNC Arena. The Canes lost their third in a row, falling to 4-5-3 and dropping five points behind the division-leading Pens.
The Pens took a 2-1 lead late in the second period and Sidney Crosby, as he so often is, was largely responsible.
Crosby whipped a cross-ice pass to Chris Kunitz, who won a race against the Canes Jordan Staal to the front of the net and banged the puck past goalie Justin Peters.
Crosby, the NHLs top scorer, then earned his second assist of the game in the third period, setting up the first NHL goal for rookie forward Jayson Megna. Crosbys shot glanced off Megna, who was playing in his second NHL game.
Read more about the game here and revisit live updates from the game below.