PIT Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Overall (18-18)
ATS (14-22)
O/U (15-16-5)
December 22 2018
- SportsNet PT
CAR Carolina Hurricanes 0
Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Overall (14-20)
ATS (13-21)
O/U (11-23)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2445 Pittsburgh Penguins +105 Under -105 (+1.5) -250 Cover: 4.5
120
2446 Carolina Hurricanes -125 Over -115 (-1.5) +210 UNDER: 3
000
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Spread ATS
2445 PIT +105 Under: -105 (+1.5) -250 Cover: 4.5
2446 CAR -125 Over: -115 (-1.5) +210 UNDER: 3
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/22/2018
5:30 PM
CAR
-125
PIT
+105
12/22/2018
4:33 PM
PIT
-110
CAR
-110
12/22/2018
4:24 PM
CAR
-105
PIT
-115
12/22/2018
4:18 PM
PIT
-115
CAR
-105
12/22/2018
2:36 PM
CAR
-120
PIT
EVEN
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
PIT
-110
CAR
-110
12/22/2018
7:09 AM
CAR
-110
PIT
-110
12/21/2018
8:24 PM
PIT
-110
CAR
-110
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/22/2018
5:30 PM
CAR(-1.5)
+210
PIT
-250
12/22/2018
4:33 PM
PIT(+1.5)
-270
CAR
+230
12/22/2018
4:24 PM
CAR(-1.5)
+235
PIT
-275
12/22/2018
4:18 PM
PIT(+1.5)
-255
CAR
+215
12/22/2018
2:36 PM
CAR(-1.5)
+215
PIT
-255
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
PIT(+1.5)
-255
CAR
+215
12/22/2018
7:09 AM
CAR(-1.5)
+230
PIT
-270
12/21/2018
8:24 PM
PIT(+1.5)
-270
CAR
+230
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/22/2018
5:30 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
4:33 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
4:24 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
4:18 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
2:36 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
8:15 AM
6
-115
6
-105
12/22/2018
7:09 AM
6
-115
6
-105
12/21/2018
8:24 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
Recap

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are going one way in the Eastern Conference and the Carolina Hurricanes are going the other.

Sidney Crosby set up three goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves as the Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night.

Jake Guentzel scored twice and Kris Letang added a goal for the Penguins, who won for the fifth time in six games. It was Murray's second shutout in 14 starts this season.

"The last little stretch here, we've been playing really, really well," Murray said. "The last 10 games or so, I would say our team has been trending in the right direction and getting better and better. We definitely wanted this one to end it on a good note."

The Penguins will get four days off before they have to get back on the ice for another game. After six games in nine days, it's a welcome break.

"We've played a lot of hockey in a short period of time," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "These guys they continue to play hard night in and night out. I couldn't more happy for them. They deserve it."

Crosby, who has nine points in the past five games, has helped pick the Penguins up in the Eastern Conference standings. The Penguins had lost nine of 10 before catching fire near the end of November. They are 11-4-2 since Nov. 21, when they were in last place in the conference. With 42 points, the Penguins are in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference after Saturday's win.

Crosby wrestled with the value of taking some time off with wanting to keep the momentum going.

"A break is good in a way, you get some rest and you get to recharge," Crosby said. "When you're going like this, you want to keep going."

The Hurricanes lost for the fifth time in six games.

Crosby set up behind the Carolina net and fed Letang for Pittsburgh's first goal at 8:41 in the first period.

The second goal, just 3 minutes into the second period, was nearly identical. This time Crosby found Guentzel in front of Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney for the score.

Crosby set up Guentzel for his second goal with 50.3 seconds left in the second period. Guentzel was alone in front of McElhinney and netted his 15th goal of the season.

The Hurricanes, with 33 points, are two points out of last place in the conference.

Carolina winger Warren Foegele had two breakaway chances in the first period, but Murray stopped both.

The only goal that initially appeared to get by Murray came with 2 minutes left in the first. Dougie Hamilton's slap shot from the right point sailed past Murray's right shoulder and hit the inside of the crossbar. It was ruled a goal and then overturned.

The Hurricanes fell to 2-6-1 in December and have one win in five home games this month. The players had a long meeting after the 4-1 home loss to Detroit on Thursday night. They talked about resiliency and mental toughness.

Carolina was shutout for the third time this season and first time at home.

"Defensively, as a unit we're working pretty well," Crosby said. "It takes time to do that but it takes a lot of effort, too. I thought we did a good job, especially the last week or two, of just focusing on taking care of our own end."

NOTES: For the first time since moving to North Carolina in 1997, the Hurricanes will wear the old Hartford Whalers uniforms on Sunday in their home game with the Boston Bruins. Carolina owner Tom Dundon, who bought the team last January, has embraced the marketing opportunities with the popular green-and-blue Whalers logo. ... The attendance of 16,264 featured plenty of Penguins fans in black and gold. ... Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan improved to 10-3-1 against the Hurricanes during his four-year tenure with the Penguins.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Get a four-day break before hosting Detroit on Dec. 27.

Hurricanes: Host Boston on Sunday.

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Matchup
Penguins Overall
W/L 18-18
ATS 14-22
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.1
Total 15-16-5
Penguins Away
W/L 8-9
ATS 7-10
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 2.7
Total 7-9-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
6:00 PM
at Hurricanes W 3-0 W (1.5) U (6)
12-20
6:00 PM
Wild W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-19
7:00 PM
at Capitals W 2-1 W (1.5) U (6.5)
12-17
6:00 PM
Ducks L 4-2 L (-1.5) T (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Kings W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-14
6:00 PM
Bruins W 5-3 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-12
7:00 PM
at Blackhawks L 6-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-10
6:00 PM
at Islanders W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-8
6:00 PM
at Senators L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (7)
12-6
6:00 PM
Islanders W 6-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.0
Avg. Goals Against 2.3
ATS 4-6
Over/Under 4-5-1
Hurricanes Overall
W/L 14-20
ATS 13-21
Goals For 2.5
Goals Against 2.9
Total 11-23
Hurricanes Home
W/L 8-11
ATS 7-12
Goals For 2.7
Goals Against 2.8
Total 6-13
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
6:00 PM
Penguins L 3-0 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-20
6:00 PM
Red Wings L 4-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-16
12:00 PM
Coyotes W 3-0 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-14
6:30 PM
Capitals L 6-5 W (1.5) O (6.5)
12-13
6:30 PM
at Canadiens L 6-4 L (1.5) O (6)
12-11
6:00 PM
Maple Leafs L 4-1 L (1.5) U (6)
12-7
9:00 PM
at Ducks W 4-1 W (-1.5) U (5.5)
12-5
9:30 PM
at Sharks L 5-1 L (1.5) O (5.5)
12-2
9:30 PM
at Kings L 2-0 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
11-30
6:30 PM
Ducks L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
Avg. Goals For 2.0
Avg. Goals Against 3.3
ATS 3-7
Over/Under 3-7
Game Summary
1st Period
PIT 11:19 GOAL scored by Kris Letang assisted by Sidney Crosby and Bryan RustPIT 1 CAR 0
PIT 5:47 Penalty to Juuso Riikola 2 minutes for Delay of Game
2nd Period
PIT 17:00 GOAL scored by Jake Guentzel assisted by Sidney Crosby and Bryan RustPIT 2 CAR 0
PIT 9:16 Penalty to Derick Brassard 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Warren Foegele)
CAR 7:40 Penalty to Jordan Staal 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Riley Sheahan)
PIT 4:57 Penalty to Riley Sheahan 2 minutes for Holding Stick (Drawn by Dougie Hamilton)
PIT 00:51 GOAL scored by Jake Guentzel assisted by Sidney Crosby and Phil KesselPIT 3 CAR 0
3rd Period
PIT 11:44 Penalty to Marcus Pettersson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Justin Williams)
CAR 00:39 Penalty to Lucas Wallmark 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Evgeni Malkin)
Box Score
Penguins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Matt Cullen (C) 000000:0011:37
Phil Kessel (RW) 011200:0011:57
Dominik Simon (C) 000100:0013:15
Evgeni Malkin (C) 000300:0017:13
Derick Brassard (C) 000202:0011:19
Riley Sheahan (C) 000202:0012:38
Zachary Aston-Reese (C) 000110:0012:14
Tanner Pearson (LW) 000200:0010:01
Sidney Crosby (C) 033500:0020:34
Patric Hornqvist (RW) 000010:0015:32
Jake Guentzel (C) 202400:0018:22
Bryan Rust (RW) 022000:0018:06

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Olli Maatta (D) 000160:0019:50
Brian Dumoulin (D) 000240:0021:42
Kris Letang (D) 101310:0025:20
Jack Johnson (D) 000220:0020:12
Marcus Pettersson (D) 000112:0014:35
Juuso Riikola (D) 000102:0017:33

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Matt Murray (G) 39/3901.000WIN
Casey DeSmith (G) 0/00.000
Hurricanes
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Andrei Svechnikov (RW) 000500:0017:31
Jordan Martinook (LW) 000310:0016:43
Micheal Ferland (LW) 000110:0016:47
Jordan Staal (C) 000202:0013:14
Lucas Wallmark (C) 000202:0017:48
Victor Rask (C) 000310:0014:38
Phillip Di Giuseppe (RW) 000210:009:43
Warren Foegele (LW) 000300:0014:16
Sebastian Aho (RW) 000100:0020:27
Teuvo Teravainen (LW) 000300:0016:41
Brock McGinn (LW) 000100:0010:07
Justin Williams (RW) 000610:0015:45

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Brett Pesce (D) 000100:0020:06
Jaccob Slavin (D) 000140:0020:53
Justin Faulk (D) 000110:0019:45
Calvin de Haan (D) 000130:0018:28
Trevor van Riemsdyk (D) 000210:0015:37
Dougie Hamilton (D) 000110:0018:52

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Petr Mrazek (G) 0/00.000
Curtis McElhinney (G) 29/323.906LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Scott Cherrey
Linesmen Pierre Racicot
Referee TJ Luxmore
Referee Jean Hebert