Chris Kunitz scored for the Pittsburgh Penguins less than seven minutes into their Thursday night game in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the Pens never found the net again and lost a 4-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh (13-8) has lost the first two games of a three-game road trip after going 8-2 in their first ten games away from home. It was the first time since February 2 that the Penguins had played a game without scoring a power play goal.
The Pens still lead New Jersey by two points in the NHL’s Atlantic Division. Carolina (10-8-1) remains tied for first place in the Southeast Division.
Jiri Tlusty recorded two goals and an assist for the Hurricanes. Eric Staal had a goal and two assists. Jeff Skinner scored a Carolina goal. Alexander Semin tallied two assists. Cam Ward (7-6-1) stopped 26 of 27 shots, while Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5) took the loss with 25 stops.
The Penguins will end the road swing with a game in Montreal at 7:00 PM on Saturday. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.