Pittsburgh 101 – Wake Forest 96
The Panthers (18-7, 7-6) avoided a potentially disaster of a loss by outscoring Wake Forest (10-16, 1-13) 19-14 in the second overtime to defeat the Demon Deacons 101-96 in double-OT.
Chris Jones led Pitt with 23 points and James Robinson added 22 points in the win. Michael Young and Jamel Artis each had 19 points.
Robinson made five free throws in the final minute to secure the win for Pitt. Wake Forest shot 50% (16-32) from the free throw line, Pitt 76%.
Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will return to the lineup tonight for the Capitals when they face the LA Kings, according to the Washington Post. Orpik last played on November 10, missing 40 games due to a lower body injury.
The NHL leading Capitals are the fastest team in NHL history to 40 wins.
The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Rob Scuderi on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have seen a dip in t.v. ratings this season. Sports Business Daily reports Root Sports Pittsburgh has seen a 19% decline in viewership for Penguin games from last season, the fourth largest decline in the NHL.
Buffalo has overtaken Pittsburgh with a 6.81 rating (+55%). Pittsburgh is second at 5.51 (-19%).
The Pittsburgh Penguins (28-19-8, 64 pts) staged yet another late comeback in Florida to gain a point. Chris Kunitz scored his 11th goal of the season with 3:19 to tie the game at 1-1 as the Penguins and Panthers went to overtime for the third time this season.
It took a shootout (5 rounds) to end this one as Jussi Jokinen scored in the fifth round and Al Montoya stopped Matt Cullen to end the game. Florida improves to 33-18-6, 72 pts, on the season.
FLA: 1st Period (7:30) Nick Bjugstad (10) Assists: Alex Petrovic, Brian Campbell
PIT: 3rd Period (16:41) Chris Kunitz (11) | Assist: Sidney Crosby
Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman issued a statement moments ago saying the team will not trade Steven Stamkos before the February 29 deadline.
North Carolina 85 – Pittsburgh 64
No. 9 North Carolina (21-4) and rolled past the unranked Panthers (17-7) 85-64 on Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers looking everything of a bubble tournament team, suffered their third straight loss and all seven losses this season have been by double digits.
LA Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has officially cleared waivers, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports. The Kings plan to send Ehrhoff to the minors.