Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen put a hat trick up on the scoreboard and the Pens went 2 for 3 on the power play as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Tuesday Consol Energy Center.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the third period, Jokinen got the lead back for Pittsburgh at 5:03, when he received a pass from Evgeni Malkin close to the left faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward to make it 3-2.
Pens left wing Tanner Glass took a pass from center Joe Vitale and backhanded a shot past Ward to make it 4-2 with 11:32 remaining in the third. Then, Jokinen scored his third goal and Pittsburgh’s fifth of the game off a feed from 19-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta with 6:57 left. Maatta had two assists on the night, his first NHL points.
Pittsburgh improved to 3-0-0 with the home victory, its third of the week. The Penguins hadn’t won their first three games of the season since the start of the 1994-95 season.
Jokinen put the Penguins on the scoreboard first with 5:43 left in the first period. Jokinen backhanded the puck off a pass from Sidney Crosby past Ward to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
Defenseman Paul Martin put the biscuit in the net from one knee when he collected Brooks Orpik’s slap shot off the end boards at 1:04 into the second period, and made it 2-0 in favor of the Pens.
Carolina center Erik Staal cut the Black and Gold’s lead in half when he tipped the puck in for a score against goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with 6:36 remaining in the second.
Hurricanes’ center Nathan Gerbe brought the score even when he put a wrist shot past Fleury just 3:13 into the third period.
Fleury made 32 saves between the pipes for Pittsburgh while Ward stopped the same amount for the Canes.
From The Clipboard: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal and defenseman Deryk Engelland were the healthy scratches…Vitale won 11 of his 16 faceoffs…The Penguins out shot the Hurricanes 37-34…This was the first of four meetings between the two Metropolitan Division clubs. The Black and Gold took the 2012-2013 series with a 2-1-0 record.