Penguins beat Hurricanes, clinch division

9:48 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin and Beau Bennett's goals 13 seconds apart midway through the third period proved to be the difference as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes to clinch the Atlantic Division.

Pascal Dupuis sealed the win, which assured the Penguins no worse than a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, with an empty-net goal while contributing two assists. Brenden Morrow and Robert Bortuzzo also scored to help support a 25-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Carolina had taken a 3-2 lead on Riley Nash's tally two minutes into the third period, before surrendering three unanswered scores en route to a franchise- record eighth consecutive defeat on home ice.

Joe Corvo and Bobby Sanguinetti potted goals as well for the spiraling Hurricanes, now losers of six straight overall and 1-12-1 over their last 14 games. Justin Peters stopped 28-of-32 shots in the setback.

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