RALEIGH, N.C. – Rookie winger Jayson Megna scored his first NHL goal and defenseman Brooks Orpik had a career-high three assists to lead the Penguins to a 3-1 victory against Carolina at PNC Arena tonight.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Penguins (8-4).
They played much of the game without right winger Chuck Kobasew, who adjourned to the locker room after absorbing a hard hit from Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason about eight minutes into the opening period.
There was no immediate word on the nature or severity of Kobasew’s injury.
Tanner Glass put the Penguins in front, 1-0, at 8:25 of the opening period, when he punched in a Megna rebound from the inner edge of the left circle for his second goal of the season.
Megna’s assist was his first point in the NHL. Orpik got the first of his assists.
The Penguins had control of the game and an 11-2 edge in shots when center Brandon Sutter was penalized for tripping at 14:15. Right winger was penalized for slashing at 15:32 and Carolina capitalized on the two-man advantage to tie the game.
Nathan Gerbe got the goal at 16:03 by beating goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from below the left hash at 16:03.
Chris Kunitz put the Penguins back in front to stay at 16:24 of the second period, when he steered a Sidney Crosby pass behind Carolina goalie Justin Peters for his fifth of the season.
That goal preserved Kunitz’s status as the only NHL player who hasn’t been held pointless in consecutive games since the start of last season.
Megna made it 3-1 with his first NHL goal at 7:11 of the third, when a Crosby shot hit him on the way to the back of the Carolina net.
The Penguins will return home to face Boston at 8:08 p.m. Wednesday.
Correction, posted Oct. 29, 2013: The spelling of Jayson Megna's last name has been corrected.
First Published October 28, 2013 9:40 PM