Somehow the Carolina Hurricanes are second in the Metropolitan division. After watching the game tonight, one can conclude that the Metro division is very bad after the Penguins. It wasn’t their best game, but the Pens got off the schneid with a 3-1 victory against a Canes team who was missing their best offensive weapon and their starting goaltender.
Sidney Crosby was on the ice for all three of the Penguins goals but for once he wasn’t the story of the game. Rookie Jayson Megna will be taking home a couple of souvenirs after notching his first career goal and assist. In the first period, Megna shot the puck off the pads of Canes goalie Jason Peters which rebounded on to the stick of Tanner Glass who buried it for his second goal of the season, both of which have come against Carolina. Then in the third period, Megna got in front of the net for a shot by Crosby which deflected off of his body and behind Peters.
The only goal for the Canes came in the first period on the power play. Brandon Sutter and Craig Adams were both sent to the box to force the Pens into a 5-on-3 situation. Some nice puck movement by the Canes resulted in Nathan Gerbe getting a point blank shot in front of the net that got behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Elias Lindholm and Alexander Semin had the assists.
Even in a winning effort, the day still brought on it’s’ fair share of negatives for the Pens. They failed to convert on any of their three power plays and never even seriously threatened to score on any of them. And the news on the injury front isn’t any good either. Chuck Kobasew left the game with a lower body injury and will be reevaluated tomorrow. It was also announced that Rob Scuderi has a broken ankle which will require surgery. He is out indefinitely.
The Pens next play on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. We all know what happened last time the Pens faced them.