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Penguins Vs. Hurricanes: Brent Johnson Strong In Penguins Shutout

Sports Network | October 30, 2010

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Pascal Dupuis scored twice while Brent Johnson stopped 33 shots, helping the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Johnson recorded his first shutout of the season for the Penguins, who had lost their last three and opened a four-game road trip. Maxime Talbot also scored, while Sidney Crosby added two assists.

Cam Ward allowed all three goals on 31 shots for the Hurricanes, who were coming off Friday’s win over the Rangers in New York.

Carolina lost the game in part because it went 0-for-7 on the power play.

Dupuis gave the Penguins the lead only 4:18 into the game. Skating in the neutral zone, he picked up a puck that had caromed off a teammate’s stick and Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain. Dupuis advanced up the left side of the ice before fading toward the middle and putting a backhander past Ward.

Talbot finished off a 2-on-1 with a backhand shot 2:15 into the middle period, and Dupuis netted his second of the game a little more than eight minutes into the third.

Johnson made 16 saves in the second period before making 11 in the third to secure the win.

Johnson recorded his 14th career shutout, and first since the 2005-06 season…This was the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Carolina won three of the four meetings in 2009-10…The Penguins were 0-for-2 with the man advantage, and are 0-for-22 in their last five games…Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin missed the game with an undisclosed injury.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.