It was another pretty evenly fought game, although the Pens did outshoot the Canes 41-26.
The contest had plenty of emotion and hitting. At one point in the third period, Brooks Orpik laid out Jeff Skinner, who was reaching for a puck near center ice. Skinner, who had just come back after missing 16 games due to a concussion, laid prone on the ice and was helped to the dressing room. Still, he came back to finish the game a few minutes later, which may prove to be an unwise decision if symptoms pop up in the days ahead.
In the shootout, Malkin would start things off with a goal and James Neal would put in the game winner for the home team. Jussi Jokinen scored on his attempt for Carolina, but Skinner and Eric Staal were stopped.
- Ward looked solid until the shootout, which is usually a problem for him. Out of the "elite" goalies in the league, he's one of the worst performing in the skills competition. We will dig out the stats later.
- Staal also looked out of place in the shootout.
- Jay Harrison and Staal led the team with four shots each.
- The team won an outstanding 62% of their faceoffs: (Staal 53%, Sutter 86%, Jokinen 67%, Brent 20%, Skinner 63%)
Bryan Allen remains one of the league leaders and blocked a game high six shots. The team blocked 24 for the night.
- check out post game quotes at Canes PR.