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Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2

January 1, 1998

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Robert Lang scored a shorthanded goal early in the third period to break a tie and help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday night.

Jiri Slegr poked the puck off a Hurricanes stick in the defensive zone and Lang took off on a 2-on-1 with Tyler Wright. Lang had a clear path to the goal after defenseman Steve Chiasson’s desperate lunge failed.

Stu Barnes scored on a power play at 17:30 of the first period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. Barnes skated to the net and redirected Ron Francis’ pass from the right point for his 11th goal.

Robert Kron tied the score for Carolina at 10:32 of the second period. Glen Wesley fired a shot from the blue line and Kron, unchecked in front of the net, tipped the puck past Peter Skudra.

Keith Primeau scored 21 seconds into the game. He picked up Sami Kapanen’s rebound, circled behind the net and wrapped the puck in for his 10th goal.

That lead lasted less than a minute as Peter Ferraro scored for Pittsburgh at 1:14. Ferraro’s 35-foot shot slipped between Pat Jablonski’s pads.

The Penguins have won all four of their games against the Hurricanes this season, part of a 6-0-2 streak against the franchise that started in Hartford.

Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on Barnes’ goal, has points in 10 of 11 games with a total of 20 points in that span.

Skudra started in place of Tom Barrasso, who left Monday’s 4-1 win over the New York Islanders after one period because of a pulled thigh muscle. Ken Wregget, who hasn’t played since Nov. 5 because of a herniated disk in his back, dressed as Skudra’s backup.

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