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Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 - OT

Brett Pesce scores twice and Antti Raanta shines as the Canes top the Pens in overtime.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 13: Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins collides with Antti Raanta #32 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at PNC Arena on January 13, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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The Carolina Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead in the first period but allowed two in the third as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime, 3-2 on Saturday night in an exciting game at the PNC Arena.

The tying goal came with just 53 seconds left in the game as the Penguins pressured with the extra attacker in the Carolina zone.

But Brett Pesce scored the game-winner after some nice passing by Teuvo Teravainen and Seth Jarvis at 1:41 into the extra period.

Pesce also scored the game’s opening tally after a nice set up by Sebastian Aho.

It was the defenseman’s second goal of the season. He also had two blocked shots and played a very good defensive game.

Jordan Martinook scored Carolina’s second goal as he continued his hot streak. He now has goals in the last two games.

The Canes had several chances but could not get another puck past goalie Tristan Jarry, who played very well for the visitors. Jarry made 32 saves on 35 shots.

At the other end, Antti Raanta was making save after save himself. He was slow getting up a few times after making a stretching save or getting knocked into and laid on by a Penguin, but after the game he said he felt fine.

Of course winning cures those bumps and bruises.

After Carolina pretty much controlled the opening period, the Penguins pushed back in the second and third, outshooting the home team 16-8 in the second and 14-10 in the third.

Pittsburgh had 40 shots on goal for the game compared to 35 for Carolina.

The win puts the Canes just one point behind the first place Rangers.

Next up will be the Kings at home on Monday.

Game Notes:

  • Faceoffs were pretty even in this game, 49% to 51%.
  • Pesce led the team with five shots on goal.
  • The team had 16 blocked shots compared to 9 for the Pens.

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