NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Carolina

by Oct 28, 9:51 PM

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jayson Megna was in the way and ended up with his first NHL goal.

He got his first assist, too.

Megna, playing his second game, was credited with a goal after Sidney Crosby's shot went in off his skate and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped their longest losing streak in almost two years Monday with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Crosby had two assists and a hand in all three Pittsburgh goals. His shot from the slot in the third period deflected off Megna to give the Penguins their 3-1 lead.

Megna who was called up from the AHL last Thursday and made his debut in Friday's loss to the Islanders, assisted on Tanner Glass' first-period goal after driving to the net and getting off a shot.

Chris Kunitz also scored and Brooks Orpik had three assists for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak -- their longest since a six-game slide from Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 11, 2012.

Marc-Andre Fleury faced few shots early on and made 20 saves as Pittsburgh (8-4-0) beat Carolina for the seventh time in their last eight meetings.

Nathan Gerbe had a power-play goal for the Hurricanes (4-5-3), who have lost three in a row.

With Carolina's top two goaltenders -- Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin -- both on injured reserve with lower body injuries, Justin Peters allowed three goals on 29 shots.

Crosby's neutral-zone faceoff win in the opening period led to Megna's shot, which produced a long rebound from Peters. Glass was on the left side to fire it in for a 1-0 lead 8:25 into the game.

Crosby and the Penguins controlled play, not allowing a Hurricanes shot in the first 12 minutes of the game.

But Brandon Sutter went off for tripping and Craig Adams was whistled for a slashing penalty 1:17 after that to give Carolina a 5-on-3, leading to Gerbe's goal from the slot late in the first on a one-timer off Elias Lindholm's pass from the low left side.

Crosby set up Kunitz with a seeing-eye pass to make it 2-1 late in the second. Kunitz had Hurricanes center Jordan Staal beat in the slot and Crosby threaded a pass to him from above the right circle.

Megna's goal came 7:11 into the third period.

It was the second of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division teams this season. Jussi Jokinen had a hat trick in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over Carolina on Oct. 8.