RALEIGH, NC — Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 win in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PNC Arena on Saturday.
The win was Andersen’s second straight after he missed 29 video games with a lower-body harm. He made 21 saves in a 6-2 win in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
“I’ll take the 2 wins for certain,” Andersen stated. “You’ve bought to maintain constructing on simply feeling good. Anyone who has been out for longer intervals of time will let you know they miss all the things about enjoying and being a part of the group, so it feels good to be again.”
Brady Skjei and Jalen Chatfield scored for the Hurricanes (27-9-7).
Rickard Rakell scored for the Penguins (21-15-6), who’ve misplaced two in a row and eight of 10 (2-6-2). Casey DeSmith made 34 saves.
“We’re attempting to play the sport the fitting manner,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan stated. “There are alternative ways to create offense in opposition to a staff like this. You do not get a ton off the frenzy, that is the problem if you play a staff like Carolina.”
Skjei gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 17:02 of the primary interval, scoring glove aspect with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.
“If you may wait a bit longer and see him go down, you may normally reduce to the center and attempt to make a play,” Skjei stated. “Luckily [DeSmith] bit, and I bought to the center.”
Video: PIT@CAR: Skjei places Hurricanes up 1-0 within the 1st
Said DeSmith: “I positively want to have that one. Once he pulled it round ‘Raks,’ I picked it up. It hit the highest of my glove, bent it in and simply sort of trickled over.”
Chatfield made it 2-0 at 9:14 of the second interval with a one-timer from the slot off a go from Sebastian Aho alongside the right-wing boards. He has 4 targets in his previous 11 video games after failing to attain in his first 66 NHL video games.
“It was an attractive play,” Chatfield stated. “[The pass] was proper in my wheelhouse, bought shot and it went in.”
Rakell reduce it to 2-1 with a power-play aim at 7:48 of the third interval. Andersen tried to bat the puck away after catching Jake Guentzel‘s shot from the purpose, however Rakell batted the clearing try into the online.
“I used to be attempting to get it out of the zone and never surrender a whistle, however clearly a worst-case state of affairs,” Andersen stated. “It does not matter the way you get scored on, you have to reset and end the job. The guys helped out and we bought the win.”
Video: PIT@CAR: Chatfield scores with a slap shot within the 2nd
Rakell’s aim was his fifteenth of the season.
“I noticed that he tried to make a play on it. I simply tried to get one thing in there,” Rakell stated. “Obviously, it was quite fortunate.”
Andersen made 23 saves within the second and third interval, together with two on Evgeni Malkin throughout a 5-on-3 energy play late within the second.
“They did an excellent job killing that, and clearly Freddie was nice,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour stated. “It’s humorous that they bought a power-play aim, and he gave it to them. But that is all he gave all evening. It was an excellent efficiency.”
Pittsburgh outshot the Hurricanes 16-7 within the third interval. Their finest scoring likelihood got here on a backhand from Malkin with 1:06 remaining, however (*34*) once more made a left-pad save.
“I assumed we simply performed on our toes [in the third],” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby stated. “We had some respectable zone time and respectable probabilities. We had some attractiveness and will have tied it up.”
Notes: Pittsburgh defenseman Marcus Pettersson missed his second straight recreation with an sickness. … Aho prolonged his level streak to 4 video games (one aim, 5 assists). … Skjei has 9 targets this season, tying his NHL profession excessive. … Seven of Carolina’s eight targets prior to now two video games have been scored by its defensemen. … The Hurricanes swept the season collection in opposition to the Penguins (4-0-0).