The Penguins got a hat trick by Jussi Jokinen and remained unbeaten with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Consol Energy Center. They are 3-0 with all three wins coming at home. The Penguins entered the game 0 for 3 on the power play but opened the scoring with their first goal with a man-advantage. Sidney Crosby from the top of the right circle passed to Jokinen cutting across the top of the crease. Jokinen controlled the puck enough to slide it ahead of him and on his backhand and with his back to the net tipped it past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward for a 1-0 lead at 14:17 of the first period. It was Jokinen's first goal of the season. He formerly played in Carolina. The assist gave Crosby three points in as many games. The Penguins thought they had a 2-0 lead at 16:41 of the first period but it was ruled that Pascal Dupuis kicked the puck in from a scramble in the crease. Eric Staal pulled the Hurricanes to within 2-1 at 13:24 when -- covered by the Penguins' Brooks Orpik and falling to the ice -- he got his stick on a shot by Justin Faulk and tipped it past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Penguins handle Hurricanes, 5-2; improve to 3-0
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Oct 9