‘Canes extend Penguins’ woes vs. Metro opponents

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a great job in most regards this season, but they have one noteworthy blemish on their record: They have come up short in divisional contests. Carolina earned a 4-2 victory tonight, pushing Pittsburgh to 3-4-1 against its Metropolitan competition.

That might not be a horrendous record, but it is jarring compared to Pittsburgh’s 12-2-1 showing against the rest of the league.

The Hurricanes outshot Pittsburgh 35-22 on Friday, but the Penguins were in this game until the end. Jiri Tlusty and Kris Letang traded goals within a minute of each other late in the first period and the score was tied at 2-2 by the second intermission. It took a power-play goal from Nathan Gerbe at 3:10 of the final frame to give Carolina a lead that would finally stick.

Tlusty found the empty net with 13 seconds remaining in the contest to collect his second goal of the night.

Sidney Crosby assisted on both of Pittsburgh’s goals, which extends his multi-point game streak to three. He’s opened up a three-point edge on Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek in the scoring race (33 points to 30).

Pittsburgh and Carolina will play again tomorrow night.