PITTSBURGH — The Penguins rallied late to salvage a point in the standings Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes but they lost, 3-2, in overtime at PPG Paints Arena.
With the Pittsburgh net empty and 57.4 seconds on the clock, Jake Guentzel tipped a point shot past Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov to get the game to overtime.
But 2:20 into OT the Penguins gave up a 2-on-0 rush. Brett Pesce buried it.
The Penguins were coming off a frustrating loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs, outplayed from start to finish Saturday as their winning streak ended at five.
The Hurricanes were another formidable foe, but they get it done differently. They defend hard and dog the puck-carrier, limiting shots and scoring chances for their opposition. Mike Sullivan praised the reigning Metropolitan champs before the game, saying the Penguins better be ready to make plays under pressure.
They were up for the task early, managing the puck well and limiting the Hurricanes to just one shot from the slot in the first period and not giving up a single odd-man rush, per Sportlogiq. The Penguins cashed in one of their few chances.
Sidney Crosby, already among the league leaders in even-strength goals, added another to give the Penguins the 1-0 lead 4:34 into the game. Pierre-Olivier Joseph snapped a stretch pass up to Guentzel, who flipped the puck over to Crosby. He corralled it with his right skate then trickled a shot through Kochetkov.
The Hurricanes pushed back in the second period, after another sloppy Penguins power play gave them momentum. Tristan Jarry made big saves on a pair of 2-on-1 rushes for the shorthanded Hurricanes to keep the Penguins in the lead. However, the Hurricanes tied it up two minutes after their penalty expired.
Martin Necas cleaned up a rebound after Brian Dumoulin couldn’t tie him up.
The Hurricanes kept surging throughout the second. They outshot the Penguins, 17-10, while using their aggressive forecheck to tilt the ice in their favor.