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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading to the playoffs for an eighth straight year. Nike Roshe Run Saldi . Barring an epic collapse, a Metropolitan Division title is all but clinched. What happens after that, however, is anybodys guess. Dominant in the beginning but dismal at the end, the Penguins let a chance to clinch their second straight division crown slip away in a 4-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday night that left Pittsburgh just 8-8-2 since returning from the Olympic break. Not exactly the kind of momentum a Stanley Cup contender wants to bring into the final days of the regular season. "If youre not 100 per cent, they can expose you and make you look pretty silly," Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik said. "Thats what happened here tonight." Carolina rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career, Eric Staal and Justin Faulk also scored while Jeff Skinner added two assists. Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots as the Hurricanes avoided being swept in the season series by Pittsburgh for the first time in 18 years. "I thought we kept it simple and kind of slowly frustrated them as it went on and it was a win we needed," Staal said. Chris Kunitz scored his 35th goal to give Pittsburgh an early lead, but the Penguins crumbled over the final two periods. Sidney Crosby picked up an assist to push his NHL-leading point total to 100, but the Penguins appeared to lose interest after failing to bury the Hurricanes during a frenetic opening barrage in which they appeared ready to run Carolina out of the arena. "We all felt like the first 10 minutes we were carrying the play ... for whatever reason we got away from that," Crosby said. "Maybe we thought that came easy or we could get away with cheating. And it didnt work." No, it didnt. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but received little help playing behind a sloppy defence. The Penguins turned it over 13 times, including a series of miscues the Hurricanes were only too happy to turn into goals. "I think we started mismanaging the puck and started having turnovers in the neutral zone," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. The Penguins appeared to right the enigmatic final third of their season with a spirited 4-1 victory over Chicago on Sunday night. Two days later, the sense of urgency evaporated when the Hurricanes -- who are about to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year -- failed to roll over. Pittsburgh recorded 12 of the first 14 shots, including Kunitzs wrist shot from the left circle that Khudobin never saw. Crosby picked up the secondary assist to lift his point total to the century mark for the fifth time in his career, drawing a roar from the usual sellout crowd at Consol Energy Center. It had all the makings of a blowout. One developed, just not the one the Penguins were expecting. Carolina steadied itself late in the first, evening the game on a knuckling slap shot by Faulk that gave the Hurricanes the confidence boost they needed to get back in it. The Penguins malaise did the rest. "That goal from (Faulk) really evens it up and then we kind of just took a deep breath, got our legs going better and then I thought we just started moving better and playing a much smarter game," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. Lindholm put Carolina in front to stay 9:24 into the second with a power-play goal that included a pretty feed from Skinner, who threaded a pass between Pittsburgh defenceman Olli Maattas legs right to Lindholms stick. Fleury never had a chance. The goaltender was equally helpless five minutes later when a turnover by teammate Deryk Engelland handed Skinner and Lindholm a breakaway that Lindholm converted into the first multi-goal game of his brief career. Any late push by the Penguins ended when Staals tip-in eluded Fleury with just over 8 minutes left. Instead of skating off the ice with their fourth division title since Crosbys arrival in 2005, Pittsburgh trudged to the locker room wondering when the consistency that propelled them to the top of the Eastern Conference before the Olympic break will return. "Theres not much good to take out of it," Crosby said. "So weve just got to make sure we respond the next game." NOTES: Carolina played without F Alexander Semin, who was scratched due to an illness. ... The Hurricanes return home to face Dallas on Thursday. ... The Penguins fell to 45-8-4 this season when Crosby scores a point. Nike Free Run 2 Uomo .com) - The Winnipeg Jets have thrived under Paul Maurice despite injury limiting Evander Kane to just four games under the new head coach. Nike Free Run 3 Uomo . Recently, though, theyve felt right at home against the Washington Capitals regardless of where they play. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading Pittsburgh to a 2-0 victory over Washington on Tuesday night. http://www.italiaoffertescarpe.com/nike-free-run-2-uomo.html .Ty Schultz and Chad Labelle also scored for Medicine Hat (28-9-2), while Marek Langhamer made 20 saves for the Tigers third straight win.Travis Browns goal at the 16:46 mark of the third brought Victoria (20-19-3) to within a goal, but it was not enough for the Royals.MONTREAL -- One shoulder driven into his face, one broken nose and one overtime goal. Kris Letang shook off a crushing open-ice hit to score at 2:09 of overtime Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in Sidney Crosbys return to Canada. Letangs face was splattered with blood after a bodycheck by Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty with about three minutes left in the third period. The Montreal-born defenceman left the ice for a concussion test, but returned in time to bury a winning goal that left the Habs -- and their fans -- fuming. Letang dug the puck away from Prices glove and slid it in the net, drawing jeers from the crowd, who thought the referee should have blown the whistle. "It just came loose on my stick -- I pulled it and I shot it," said Letang, his nose still sporting a large blood drop after the game. Letang said he passed the tests under the leagues head-shot protocol. He also had something else to be do before heading back onto the ice. "Obviously, my nose (was) broken, so the doc put it in place and I was ready to go," said Letang, whose team forced overtime on forward Jordan Staals tying goal at 15:30 of the third period. "(The doctor) put a pin in it -- and pop. Its not perfect yet because I want to be a model after my career." Pacioretty didnt get a penalty on the play, but the NHL could take a closer look at the collision. Letang said he couldnt comment on whether it was a dirty hit because he didnt see it coming. Saturday marked Crosbys first road game since coming back last week after missing more than 10 months of NHL action with concussion-like symptoms. It was also the first time in exactly 11 months that the 24-year-old superstar from Cole Harbour, N.S., played in Canada. Crosby finished the game with an assist, but he made his mark early. It took him just 21 seconds to get his name on the scoresheet with an assist on Evgeni Malkins goal. The Montreal crowd roared when the announcer called out Crosbys name before the game and when he assisted on Malkins opener. But he got little love from the fans for the rest of the night. Boos echoed in the Bell Centre a few times when he touched the puck early in the game -- a greeting Canadiens fans often deliver to top players on an opposing team. The other times he touched the puck, the crowd had no reaction at all. Crosby, who now has two goals and six assists in four games since returning to the NHL last week, said it feels good to be back. "Its part of the game," the Pens captain said of the injury that had kept him on the sidelines since January. "Sometimes you have to go through that, but I think you just appreciate (playing hockey) that much more. "I definitely missed it." Crosbys feisty play deep in Montreals end frequently created problems for Habs defenceman, but Price repeatedly bailed out his young corps of blue-liners throughout the game. Crosbys hard work almosst paid off again at 1:04 in the second period. Nike Roshe Run Donna. Crosby snatched the puck from Josh Gorges in the Habs zone and fired it in front of Price, where it bounced off his linemate Chris Kunitzs arm and into the net. But the goal didnt stand as the video-replay judge ruled that Kunitz made a forward motion with his arm before he knocked it in. In the third period, Kunitz also put the puck -- and Price -- into the net on a breakaway, but the referee maintained it was not a goal because he collided with the goalie. But it was the overtime goal that had Montreal head coach Jacques Martin steaming at the end of the game. He thought Price had the puck. "Im really disappointed for my players," he said. "I thought we competed really hard and its really disappointing it ended that way." On the Pacioretty hit on Letang, Martin was pleased the refs did not give him a penalty. "It was a good hit," he said. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was happy to escape Montreal with the win and with a healthy Letang -- his top-scoring defenceman. "It made for a good story, him coming back after the hit and scoring the goal," said Bylsma, who was surprised Pacioretty didnt get a penalty. "Im glad he was able to get up." Staal said his teammates were worried about Letang. "Its not too often he lays around on the ice," Staal said. "But Tangers a tough guy, and he took his little timeout there, and he came back for us in a big way." In the first period, Pittsburgh came flying out of the gate. Malkin, who had a goal and an assist, put the Penguins (14-6-4) up 1-0 by smacking his own rebound behind Price for his eighth of the season. Crosby and Kunitz earned the assists. Montreal forward Travis Moen replied quickly with his eighth goal, tying the score at 1:48 with a wrist shot that cruised over the left shoulder of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Habs (10-10-4) took the lead at 7:37 of the first period when Pacioretty also beat Fleury on his glove side for his 10th, after taking a pass from David Desharanis, who scooped up an Erik Cole rebound. Cole later put the Canadiens up 3-1 with his seventh goal at 11:09 of the second period when he ripped a shot off the post and it bounced in off Fleurys left leg. Cole and Pacioretty each finished with a goal and an assist. Pascal Dupuis narrowed the Canadiens lead 16:40 into the second with his sixth goal. Paul Martin and Matt Cooke got the assists. Price made numerous critical stops, including a big glove save on a James Neal one-timer in the third, but the Habs couldnt hang on. He finished the game with 38 saves. Notes: Habs forward Andrei Kostitsyn returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with an undisclosed injury. ... Habs forward Scott Gomez missed his second game with a groin injury and defenceman Jaroslav Spacek missed his seventh game with an upper-body injury. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap soccer jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys china ' ' '