Series (Game 2 of 4)

Carolina leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
Game 3: Friday, February 10th
Game 4: Saturday, March 4th

Hurricanes 5

(8-2-1, 17 pts)

Penguins 3

(1-5-5, 7 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 29, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
CAR 1 0 45
PIT 1 2 03

C. Stillman (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. LeClair (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Carolina (7-2-1) at Pittsburgh (1-4-5) 7:30 pm EDT

Carolina (7-2-1) at Pittsburgh (1-4-5), 7:30 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes are making come-from-behind victories look easy this week.

The Hurricanes try to win their fifth consecutive game Saturday when they face the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time this season.

Eric Staal contributed a hat trick Friday as Carolina rallied from a two-goal deficit for the third straight game to post an 8-6 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal, who celebrates his 21st birthday, overtook Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers for the league lead in scoring with nine goals and nine assists.

The Hurricanes have outscored their opponents, 16-7, in the third period this season and are off to the best 10-game start in franchise history, surpassing the mark set in 1984 when the team was based in Hartford.

Despite a wealth of big-name talent, Pittsburgh needed 10 games to post its first victory of the season with Thursday's 7-5 triumph over the Atlanta Thrashers.

After falling behind 4-0 in the first period, the Penguins scored seven consecutive goals. Hall of Famer and team owner Mario Lemieux scored twice and added three assists.

Carolina won the earlier meeting against Pittsburgh in a shootout, 3-2, on October 7.