Big 2nd period helps Penguins beat Hurricanes 7-1

by Associated Press on January 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist during Pittsburgh’s four-goal second period, and the Penguins routed the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1 on Friday night.

Conor Sheary scored twice, and Evgeni Malkin had a late goal and an assist. Carl Hagelin and Chris Kunitz joined Sheary in scoring during the second for Pittsburgh.

Trevor Daley scored early and Matt Murray finished with 27 saves while earning his 16th victory — most among NHL rookies.

The defending Stanley Cup champions led 6-0 in winning their third straight overall and earning their first consecutive road victories since early December.

Viktor Stalberg scored and Cam Ward — making his 21st straight start — had 34 saves for Carolina, which has lost two straight.

Ward allowed seven goals for the third time in his career. He’s given up at least four goals in three straight games.