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.