RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the second straight night, the Carolina Hurricanes pushed one of the NHL's best teams to overtime.
This time they got the win.
"Two of the best teams in the league -- the defending Stanley Cup champion and the potential Presidents' Trophy winner," Pothier said. "So great test for us. I think we responded pretty well. At times, we looked tired tonight, but we battled through it."
It was Pothier's goal first goal since he joined the Hurricanes this month in a trade with Washington.
"[Whitney] is a special player," Pothier said. "He sees the ice better than most guys do. He wasn't looking at me, but I had a feeling he saw me. He put it right under somebody's stick and through a set of legs. It was a beautiful pass."
"I don't think tonight was easy for him," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said about Peters. "I thought in his other games he was sharp and on. I thought he had to fight through it a little bit because some of the rebounds got away from him. But he still managed."
"Honestly, it was just one of those nights," Johnson said. "I've got to put it behind me. We're not happy with just the one point, obviously -- we want to get two."
Pittsburgh had been 10-1-1 this season in games when it was tied after two periods before it stumbled against the team it swept in last season's Eastern Conference final.
"I think that the team we played tonight has proven all year long that they are not going to stop playing," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "They are going to work regardless of the standings or what the score is."
The teams combined for four goals in the first 9:11.
Pittsburgh got the first two, with Staal and Guerin sneaking pucks past Peters in quick succession. It was Guerin's first game back after missing three with back spasms.
The Hurricanes, who also rallied from a 2-0 deficit against the Capitals, scored the next three. Whitney scored the first with a one-timer on the power play; Boychuk added the second when he grabbed the puck off a faceoff, accelerated into the Penguins' zone and backhanded the puck past Johnson's blocker.
Staal then gave Carolina a 3-2 lead early in the second period when he banked the puck in off Johnson's legs from a sharp angle.
Pittsburgh tied it shortly thereafter when Cooke backhanded a rebounded through Peters' legs. Cooke, who escaped suspension earlier in the week for his hit to the head of Boston's Marc Savard, was booed loudly after the goal.
Carolina lost Brandon Sutter to a lower-body injury in the first period. Maurice said after the game the injury wasn't serious.Notes
|Ray Whitney assists on the game winner, helping Carolina recover from an early deficit. (Getty Images)|
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|01:04||Jordan Staal (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dupuis, Eaton|
|05:29||Power Play - Bill Guerin (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Malkin, Crosby|
|07:45||Power Play - Ray Whitney (20), Slap Shot. Assist: Pitkanen, Pothier|
|09:11||Zach Boychuk (2), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.|
|02:09||Eric Staal (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cole|
|06:00||Matt Cooke (13), Backhand Shot. Assist: Dupuis, Goligoski|
|23.0||Brian Pothier (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Whitney, Staal|
|04:50||Dwyer, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass|
|07:35||Gonchar, 2 min, Boarding|
|19:05||Talbot, 2 min, Holding|
|15:38||Eaton, 2 min, Interference|
|15:59||Gonchar, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass|
|08:29||Ruutu, 2 min, Goaltender Interference|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 16426|
|Referees - Steve Kozari, Dan O'Rourke|
|Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Vaughan Rody|