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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Left winger James Neal scored 1:03 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins

defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Friday night at PNC Arena.

Neal took the puck on a give-and-go from left winger Jussi Jokinen for the winning goal.

It came after a frantic third period when Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland, in his first

game back after sitting out five games as part of a suspension, scored with 6:45 remaining to put

the Penguins ahead.

Engelland's blast trickled into the net past Carolina goalie Justin Peters. It was Engelland's

third goal in 28 games this season.

But Carolina left winger Drayson Bowman responded with the tying goal for the Hurricanes with

2:29 left in regulation on a wrap-around.

Penguins right wing Chris Conner tied the game less than two minutes into the third period.

Center Sidney Crosby scored earlier for the Penguins, who hold the best record in the Eastern

Conference. They were in danger of being saddled with consecutive losses for the first time since

early November.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera and left wing Nathan Gerbe scored earlier for Carolina, which lost its

fourth game in a row.

Pittsburgh, which had a seven-game winning streak snapped Monday night in a 5-0 loss at Ottawa,

limited the Hurricanes to two shots across the first 15 minutes of the third period.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for the Penguins.

Peters finished with 22 saves.

The teams combined for three goals in a 32-second span.

Sekera sent a back-hander past Fleury with 1.3 seconds left in the first period.

Crosby, who has a 10-game points streak against Hurricanes, scored 16 seconds into the second

period.

Fourteen seconds later, Gerbe poked the puck after an initial shot by right wing Alexander

Semin.

Conner made his way around defenseman Ryan Murphy and slid the puck past Peters just 1:58 into

the third period, tying the game at 2.

The Hurricanes logged 14 of the game's first 18 shots on goal.

Previously, Pittsburgh won the first two meetings of the season. They meet once more, April 1

in Pittsburgh.

NOTES: The Penguins played their first game without RW Pascal Dupuis since he suffered what is

believed to be a season-ending knee injury Monday at Ottawa. He is scheduled to have surgery for

an ACL injury, the team announced. ... Hurricanes LW Jiri Tlusty will miss two-to-three weeks

after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Tuesday. ... To take Tlusty's roster spot, LW Zach

Boychuk was recalled from Charlotte of the AHL for the second time this season. ... The Hurricanes

placed D Jay Harrison on injured reserve with a concussion. ... With D Brooks Orpik back in the

Pittsburgh lineup after an eight-game absence because of a concussion sustained Dec. 7, Penguins D

Brian Dumoulin was scratched for the first time since making his NHL debut six games ago. ...

Penguins LW Tanner Glass was back for his first game since Nov. 23. ... Pittsburgh stays on the

road for Sunday's game at Columbus. ... The Hurricanes play Sunday at Toronto.
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