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Pens Clinch Atlantic Division Title 5-3 Over Carolina

April 10, 2013

The Pittsburgh Penguins (30-10) clinched the NHL Atlantic Division title, and assured themselves of no worse than the number-2 seed in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night by winning a 5-3 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.

Evgeni Malkin’s seventh goal of the season broke a 3-3 tie with 10:11 remaining in the game.

Robert Bortuzzo, Brenden Morrow, Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Pens.  Dupuis added two assists.  Marc-Andre Fleury (20-6) stopped 25 of 28 shots to earn the win in goal.  It was the 17th victory in the last 19 games for Pittsburgh and came in the first contest of a three-game southern road trip.

Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti and Riley Nash scored for the Hurricanes (16-21-2).  Justin Peters, a last minute replacement in goal, took the loss and fell to 3-7.

The Hurricanes have lost six straight games and their last eight home contests, and are 1-12-1 in the last 14 games they have played overall.

The Penguins will face the Lightning (17-20-2) on Thursday night in Tampa Bay.  Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.

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