RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pittsburgh (8-4-0) had lost three games in a row coming into a matchup with the beat-up Carolina Hurricanes (4-5-3). And the Penguins aren't the type of team that loses that many games in a row.
It seemed like the Hurricanes were on the cusp of putting something together with two straight wins over the Maple Leafs and Islanders -- and then the injury bug struck again.
Essentially the third-stringer, goalie Justin Peters was thrust into action when Cam Ward was hurt against Minnesota last week. The Hurricanes' other primary goalie, Anton Khudobin, was already out with an injury.
Considering how much of the first period was played at his end, Peters played pretty well.
"I think he's played well in all his games," defenseman Ron Hainsey said of Peters. "He came in under the gun obviously quickly in Minnesota, made plenty of saves. He's made the saves. We've given up a few too many chances, especially the Colorado game, we gave up way ...