RALEIGH -- Jussi Jokinen could see nothing but net. An open net.
With the Carolina Hurricanes trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in the final seconds Saturday, Jokinen had a clear shot from the left of the net to tie the score. But Pens' goalie Brent Johnson threw out his pad and got the puck with his toe, barely keeping it from crossing the goal line.
The Pens held on for the victory, handing Kirk Muller his third loss as the Canes' new coach and stretching Carolina winless streak to six games.
"Obviously it's very frustrating," Jokinen said. "You can't deny that. It has been really tough. But there's nothing you can do. You can't change the past, just (look) to the future. It's never too late to turn around the season."
Defenseman Jamie McBain, making the most of Muller's gametime decision to play seven D-men, scored both Canes goals. The second, on a power play, came at 12;29 of the third and pulled Carolina within 3-2.
Third-period goals by Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis gave the Pens (16-7-4) a 3-1 lead. But the Canes kept pushing and the Pens began piling up penalties.
Carolina had 1:38 of a 5-on-3 after Dupuis was called for holding at 17:56 of the third. The Canes pulled goalie Brian Boucher for an extra attacker, and the Pens' Matt Cooke was called for tripping with 56 seconds left.
But Johnson, who had 30 saves, and the Pens held on to win the last of their four-game road swing.
"Johnson had to come up with some great saves and really had to stand tall in there considering the traffic and the people that were in front of him," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. "It was gutsy by our guys."
The Pens grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period on Craig Adams' goal, but the Canes tied it late in the period on McBain's first goal of the season.
Asham scored his second of the season with 11:27 left in the third and Dupuis with 10 minutes left in regulation. But McBain's second of the gamepulled the Canes within 3-2 with 7:31 left.
The Pens' James Neal knocked in a rebound with 4:27 remaining in regulation, but Evgeni Malkin fell over Boucher in the crease on the play and was called for interference, negating the goal.
Outshot and outplayed most of the first, the Pens broke through at 8:34 of the second when Sidney Crosby made a steal in the offensive zone and got the puck to Adams. The former Canes forward beat Boucher with a shot at the post.
The Canes tied it 1-1 with a 1:19 left in the second. On a delayed penalty against the Pens, Joni Pitkanen carried the puck into the zone, skated to his right, then made a cross-ice pass to McBain at the left point for a nasty shot that got past goalie Brent Johnson.
McBain, a healthy scratch the past two games, was listed as scratch for tonight's game. But Muller put seven defensemen in the lineup, taking out center Tim Brent, and McBain has made the most of his opportunity.
"Once you get back in, you have to do your part to win your job back. That's what I tried to do," McBain said.
The Canes had missed an opportunity with 4:33 left in the second when Jeff Skinner was looking at an open net but couldn't score, the puck skidding through the crease. An angry Skinner slammed his stick against the cage.
Both teams were flying in a scoreless first period. Both teams had good scoring chances but Boucher and Johnson made the stops as the Canes had a 12-7 shooting edge.
Johnson, the losing goalie when the Pens were beaten 5-3 by the Canes on Nov. 12, made a handful of hustling saves in the first.
With Brent out, center Eric Staal has been double-shifting with the top line and fourth line and played almost eight minutes in the first period.
The Pens played without injured defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek. Defenseman Deryk Engelland had 10:03 in ice time in the first period but late rleft with a lower-body injury.