PITTSBURGH- Carolina rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and the Hurricanes dominated the listless Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Eric Staal and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina 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.
The Penguins wasted a chance to wrap up the Metropolitan Division title.
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 Carolina held the otherwise potent Pittsburgh offense in check.Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but received little help playing behind a sloppy defense.