NHL: Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 2

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Ray Whitney scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period Thursday and the Carolina Hurricanes went on to down Pittsburgh 4-2.

Carolina played its first home game since Jan. 31.


Whitney also picked up two assists, with the other Carolina goals coming from Eric Staal, Erik Cole and Ryan Bayda. Cam Ward started his 12th straight game in goal, a career high, and made 20 saves.

The Hurricanes moved past idle Atlanta and Washington into the lead in the Southeast Division.

Dany Sabourin stopped 46 shots and kept the Penguins in a 2-2 tie through two periods. But Whitney took a pass from Stall and slipped the puck past a screened Sabourin 3:45 into the third.

Bayda scored on an odd-man rush with 8:21 to play.

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