Staal leads Hurricanes past Penguins 5-3

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eric Staal scored for the first time in a month and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night.

Staal converted a rebound at 15:26 in the third period, pushing it past Brent Johnson to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead after they wasted a three-goal advantage. It was his fourth goal of the season and first since Oct. 18.

Chad LaRose added a breakaway goal with 2:30 left.

Cam Ward had 37 saves for the Hurricanes, who snapped a four-game slide.

Johnson made 21 stops while starting in place of Marc-Andre Fleury.

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