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Pittsburgh vs. Carolina

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Dec 18, 2003
Box Score

NHL FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PITTSBURGH 1 0 0 0 1 CAROLINA 0 0 1 1 2 FINAL IN OT GOAL SCORING: 1ST PRD: PIT - KONSTANTIN KOLTSOV 4 (UNASSISTED) 14:41 2ND PRD: NONE 3RD PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 3 (JOSEF VASICEK, GLEN WESLEY) 18:50 OT: CAR - JEFF O'NEILL 3 (RON FRANCIS, GLEN WESLEY) 2:14 POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: PIT - 0 OF 2, CAR - 0 OF 4. SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PIT 4 5 2 0 11 CAR 11 10 13 2 36 GOALIES: PIT - SEBASTIEN CARON CAR - KEVIN WEEKES OFFICIALS: REF - BRAD WATSON, TOM KOWAL LIN - GREG DEVORSKI, MARK PARE ATT: 11,028

How They Scored

----------------------------------------------- PITTSBURGH 1 0 0 0 --1 CAROLINA 0 0 1 1 --2 ----------------------------------------------- FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Pittsburgh, Konstantin Koltsov 4 (Unassisted), 4:41. Penalties: D Focht, Pit (roughing), 2:03; J Boulerice, Car (goalie interference), 2:03; M Kraft, Pit (hooking), 4:15; B Holzinger, Pit (goalie interference), 8:43; T Kostopoulos, Pit (major fighting), 12:20; A Ward, Car (major fighting), 12:20. SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: J Boulerice, Car (double minor holding, unsportsmanlike cond), 14:44. THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Carolina, Rod Brind'Amour 3 (Josef Vasicek, Glen Wesley),18:50. Penalties: A Morozov, Pit (double minor high sticking), 0:25. OVERTIME -- Scoring: 3, Carolina, Jeff O'Neill 3 (Ron Francis, Glen Wesley),2:14. Shots on goal: --------------------------------------------- PITTSBURGH 4 5 2 0 --11 CAROLINA 11 10 13 2 --36 --------------------------------------------- Power-play Conversions: PIT - 0 of 2, CAR - 0 of 4. Goalies : Pittsburgh, Sebastien Caron (36 shots, 34 saves; record: 4-9-2). Carolina, Kevin Weekes (11 shots, 10 saves; record: 9-10-6). A: 11,028. Referees: Brad Watson, Tom Kowal. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Mark Pare. INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS PITTSBURGH CAROLINA G A +/- Shots G A +/- Shots R Malone 0 0 -2 0 R Francis 0 1 even 2 M Kraft 0 0 +1 1 E Staal 0 0 -1 3 B Holzinger 0 0 even 0 K Adams 0 0 even 2 J Melichar 0 0 even 0 M Murray 0 0 +1 2 M Eastwood 0 0 -1 0 R Brind'Amour 1 0 +1 2 S McKenna 0 0 even 0 R Vrbata 0 0 even 2 D Tarnstrom 0 0 even 1 G Wesley 0 2 +1 1 T Kostopoulos 0 0 even 1 S Hill 0 0 +1 5 D Focht 0 0 even 1 E Cole 0 0 +1 2 T Surovy 0 0 even 1 C Adams 0 0 even 2 B Orpik 0 0 -1 0 J Boulerice 0 0 even 0 D Berehowsky 0 0 -2 1 A Ward 0 0 even 1 M Strbak 0 0 +1 1 D Markov 0 0 even 1 K Buchberger 0 0 even 0 B Hedican 0 0 even 3 K Koltsov 1 0 even 2 J Svoboda 0 0 even 1 M Bradley 0 0 +1 1 J Vasicek 0 1 +1 0 R Fata 0 0 -1 0 B Boughner 0 0 even 1 A Morozov 0 0 even 1 J O'Neill 1 0 even 6 P Boileau HEALTHY B St. Jacques HEALTHY M Bergevin HEALTHY N Wallin HEALTHY R Bayda HEALTHY

Game Story

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Jeff O'Neill scored his first goal in 13 games 2:14 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied in Peter Laviolette's coaching debut for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. O'Neill finished off a give-and-go with Ron Francis and whipped a one-timer past goaltender Sebastien Caron for his third goal of the season and first since November 18. "It was a great play by Ronnie," O'Neill said. "It felt like the old days, great pass and open net. It was a good feeling." Rod Brind'Amour scored with 70 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. He was posted at the right side of the net and banked a centering pass by Josef Vasicek under Caron for his third goal. "I really didn't see it," said Caron, who made 34 saves. "When I didn't stop the pass, I didn't give our guys a chance to make the play. We were expecting a thunderstorm from them because they have the new coach." The Hurricanes' persistence paid off as they blanked the Penguins over the final 55 minutes of regulation. "They threw the puck at the net and they finally were rewarded," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "They had enough chances, it doesn't really matter how it went in. I think Sebastien played well. He gave us an opportunity to get a point." Laviolette was hired Monday after Carolina fired Paul Maurice, who had the longest tenure among current NHL coaches. "It was exciting," Laviolette said. "Sometimes when those games happen, you get this eerie feeling inside that maybe things aren't going to bounce. I thought it was a pretty good effort." Konstantin Koltsov scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, which failed in a bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season. Koltsov took advantage of a favorable bounce to notch his fourth goal. Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill tried to clear the puck around the boards, but it hit the skate of teammate Glen Wesley and bounced in front to Koltsov. It was the only puck that got past Kevin Weekes, who stopped just 10 shots. "Winning cures a lot of ills," Weekes said. "For the most part this season, we've played pretty well."

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