Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 15th
Game 3: Thursday, March 6th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Penguins 2

(7-4-1, 17 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(7-4-2, 18 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 9, 2002

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 0 12
CAR 0 1 23

B. Battaglia (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Tanabe (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Battaglia, Tanabe tally late goals for 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Bates Battaglia missed yet another prime scoring opportunity in the first period, skated back to the bench, slammed the door and sat with his head hung for 30 seconds.

Bates Battaglia

Bates Battaglia, center, celebrates his game-winning goal.

But Battaglia was able to leave the ice with his chin held high after scoring the game-winner with 5:37 left as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Saturday night.

The goal was Battaglia's first in 15 games.

"I was pretty frustrated,'' Battaglia said about his missed chance in the first. "I think I was ready to step on my wrists with my skates, but that's just the way it's been going for me lately. I had to go back out there and just do what I could.''

Battaglia had one goal in his first 20 games last season before scoring a career-high 21.

"I felt like I was wearing a weight vest on and off the ice,'' Battaglia said of his recent slump. "I'm not here to just go up and down the wing and dump the puck in. I can help out offensively, and when I'm not doing that it hurts the team a little bit.'''

Battaglia's game-winner came from a difficult angle to the left of Jean-Sebastien Aubin as Carolina twice rallied from one-goal deficits to hand Pittsburgh its third straight loss.

"I don't think it could have gotten any worse,'' Battaglia said of the angle of his shot near the goal line.

Aubin stopped 28 of 31 shots, but couldn't get at least a tie for his team as he allowed third-period goals to Battaglia and David Tanabe.

"I saw the pass go behind the net,'' Aubin said of Battaglia's goal. "I didn't know he was going to shoot right away. I think my defense tried to play him and it went between his legs, and that's where I lost it. And when I saw it, it was just a little too late.''

The Hurricanes improved to 4-0-2-1 in their last seven games while the Penguins fell to 0-3-2 in their last five against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Carolina had to kill off more than a minute of a holding penalty to Kevyn Adams with 3:35 left against the NHL's top power-play unit to secure the win.

The teams exchanged goals 2 minutes apart early in the third.

A dump in by Mario Lemieux took a crazy bounce off the end boards and right onto the stick of Alexandre Daigle in front of Kevin Weekes. Daigle appeared to bat the puck out of the air with a high stick past the Carolina goalie, but the goal stood after a video review.

Tanabe, who had to leave the ice in the first after getting hit below the lip with the puck, then tied it with a slap shot from 35 feet with Michal Rozsival off for interference. Carolina was 0-for-5 on the power play before Tanabe's second of the season.

"It was a little redemption,'' Tanabe said. "Any time you have to leave a game for 10 minutes to get stitches ... it took me awhile to get back into the rhythm. We just got the right setup on that power play. We do that 100 times in practice, and today it worked out the way we wanted it to.''

The assist by Lemieux was his league-leading 30th point and came one game after his 11-game point streak was snapped.

Carolina trailed 1-0 after one, but evened it up midway through the second after a turnover by Pittsburgh defenseman Dick Tarnstrom.

Adams intercepted the ill-advised pass near the blue line, made a move around Tarnstrom and beat Aubin with an end-over-end shot.

Adams also assisted on Battaglia's game-winner.

Pittsburgh jumped on top first when Martin Straka, who missed 80 games the last two seasons with leg and back injures, got his first goal since Oct. 20, 2001. He scored on a rebound near the tail end of a 5-on-3 power play late in the first.

Pittsburgh has scored an NHL-best 19 first period goals.

Game notes

Pittsburgh has played all but one game against teams from the Eastern Conference. ... Carolina has just seven first-period goals in 15 games. ... The Penguins have scored first in 10 of 14 games. ... The Hurricanes registered more than 30 shots for just the fourth time this season.

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