Penguins remain unbeaten, top Hurricanes 5-2 - NBC Sports

Penguins remain unbeaten, top Hurricanes 5-2
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jussi Jokinen (36) backhands the puck behind Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) and Patrick Dwyer (39) for a first-period goal during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
October 8, 2013, 10:00 pm

PITTSBURGH -- Jussi Jokinen scored his first career hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

Jokinen helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2.

Paul Martin and Tanner Glass also scored for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby picked up his first two assists of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who have not trailed through three games. Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 12-3 while getting off to the franchise's best start since 1994-95.

Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward made 32 saves.

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