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Carolina extends point streak to six but loses another shootout

Carolina Hurricanes v Pittsburgh Penguins
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 21: Drew O’Connor #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins attempts a shot on Pyotr Kochetkov #52 of the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period during the game at PPG PAINTS Arena on December 21, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Goaltender, Pyotr Kochetkov, continued his outstanding play and was a huge factor in helping the Carolina Hurricanes earn a point as they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Kochetkov did everything but stand on his head for the Canes and only allowed Sidney Crosby to score. Crosby scored in the first period to give the Pens a 1-0 lead, then scored the game-winning goal in the shootout for the home team.

Teuvo Teravainen tied the game in the second and that would be the only time the Canes could beat Pens’ goalie, former Cane, Alex Nedeljkovic.

After the game coach Rod Brind’Amour said he was frustrated with the officiating and he had a good point.

In the overtime period, it seemed that the refs were allowing anything, especially after a Carolina player was blatantly tripped with no call. But a minute or two later when Svechnikov and Crosby were pushing each other as they both tried to reach the puck, Svechnikov was called and the Pens finished the overtime with a four-on-three advantage.

Kochetkov was able to hold the fort until the shootout.

Next up will be the Islanders on Saturday night.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes have played a league high 19 road games. They will be looking forward to less travel in the future.
  • Jordan Staal led all forwards with 18:27 of ice time, of course due to all the penalty kills.
  • Carolina killed all five of their penalty kills but they could not score on their two powerplay chances.
  • Slavin had a team high four shots on goal.

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