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PITTSBURGH, Pa. Sammy Sosa Jersey . – Road games havent been much fun for the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Road games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of NHLs top teams in the league, have also proven difficult.That wasnt the case on Friday night.Nathan Gerbes power-play goal broke a third-period tie, helping the Hurricanes to a rare road win, 4-2 over the Penguins.Were striving to get some wins here, Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward said. To be able to beat the Penguins in their own building is a huge confidence builder.Gerbe scored his third goal of the season at 3:10, and Jiri Tlusty pushed the lead to two in the closing seconds with a power-play tally into an empty net for his 10th goal.Tlusty also scored in the first period and added an assist on Patrick Dwyers second of the season in the second for a three-point game. The Hurricanes had lost six of seven.Its always exciting to play against a high-skilled team like (the Penguins), Tlusty said. Were just trying to build our game, and I think we all bought in.Everyone was working hard and not giving them many chances or much space.The Hurricanes, who own the NHLs worst road record (3-9-2), finished their five-game trip with their second win of it. They had lost five of the previous six and eight of 10 against Pittsburgh.Ward, in his fifth straight start, made 20 saves.Winning is fun, Ward said. Unfortunately, we havent been winning too many hockey games, but to walk away with a win is huge.Patric Hornqvist scored his 11th, and Kris Letang had his fourth for the Penguins, who fell short of tying a team record for wins in November.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had two assists, extending his point streak against Carolina to 12, but took a goalie interference penalty that led to the winning goal.They just outworked us, Crosby said. Its not fun saying that after a game. Thats something that cant happen. We have to make sure we work harder.Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves on his 30th birthday, but took the loss.Carolina took a 3-2 lead when Gerbe received a cross-ice pass from Elias Lindholm and beat a standing Fleury with an under-the-crossbar wrist shot.Pittsburgh pushed for the tie with Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line, but was forced to kill two penalties in the final five minutes.I thought Carolina had more energy than us, for sure, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. I give them credit for how they played with their speed and their quickness. We certainly werent on our game.The teams began a home-and-home set that will conclude on Saturday when Carolina returns home.We know theyre probably going to be much better, Ward said. We have to be ready for it.Ward was ready early, making a highlight-reel save to help the Hurricanes build momentum. Ward was beaten to the backhand, but recovered to make a diving desperation stick stop on Blake Comeau, who had a hat trick against Toronto on Wednesday.I didnt quite realize he was by himself, Ward said. He showed some good patience and had me sliding.Its just one of those things where you work your hand-eye co-ordination and throw the paddle up. I was fortunate to get a little lucky.The Hurricanes, who rank near the bottom of the NHL in first-period goal differential, built off the early momentum, outshooting Pittsburgh 17-9 in the frame and scoring the opening goal.Tlusty netted his first of the night at 15:47, throwing a shot from the left-wing boards that hit the skate of defenceman Olli Maatta and deflected over Fleurys shoulder.Letang tied it 43 seconds later when he pinched from the left point to tap the rebound of Nick Spalings shot into a partially empty net.Dwyer got it back at 2:54 of the second period when he unleashed a wrist shot over Fleurys shoulder.Hornqvist pulled the Penguins even at 2 at 15:52, taking a drop pass from Crosby and firing a wrist shot over Wards shoulder.But that was all Pittsburgh could manage as Carolina scored the final two goals in the third.The Penguins are an offensive team, but we were able to control our gaps and prevent them from getting some speed in the neutral zone, Ward said. It seemed to frustrate them a little bit.NOTES: Penguins C Marcel Goc (right leg) left in the first period after blocking a shot. … Crosby tied Bob Errey for the ninth-most games played in Penguins history. … Pittsburgh and Carolina will meet twice more this season after Saturdays matchup. … The Penguins scratched RW Beau Bennett and D Robert Bortuzzo. LW Zach Boychuk, C Brad Malone, and LW Chris Terry sat out for Carolina. John Lackey Jersey . — The Toronto Maple Leafs are tightening the race for second place in the Atlantic Division. Javier Baez Jersey . The United States clinched the final berth into the Ford Worlds, March 28-April 6 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, on Saturday in Blaine, Minn.Sam Bergs lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League has done more than polarize the countrys hockey community. It has split his family. Berg said his 71-year-old grandfather William, a retired General Motors employee, is ashamed of him for filing a landmark class action lawsuit against the Niagara IceDogs and the Ontario Hockey League last month. His grandfather, who now spends his days driving the Zamboni at the local rink in Beamsville, denies hes ashamed. He says simply he has a difference of opinion with his 18-year-old grandson. I have a different point of view, William Berg says. Thats all. I like Sam, I really like Sam. Sam Bergs case is one of three legal actions that may reshape major-junior hockey in Canada. Berg has asked an Ontario Superior Court to confirm that the 1,300-odd, mostly teenaged players in the Canadian Hockey League are employees of their teams. If they are employees, Berg argues, then they ought to be paid at least minimum wage. Some players in the CHL work more than 60 hours per week but make as little as $40 in compensation, his lawsuit alleges. Before Berg filed his lawsuit in a Toronto court, detailing his falling out with his former team, the IceDogs, Berg and his father Bill, who played 10 years in the NHL with the Islanders, Leafs, Rangers and Seantors, talked about what Sam Berg would likely be forced to deal with. There would be attacks on social media and in public. I have people giving me the finger all the time and I knew that would be the case, Sam Berg told TSN in an interview over lunch this week in a Hamilton diner. We knew this was going to be a problem for a lot of people. In Canada, hockey is more than a game. Everyone seems to know who Sidney Crosby is and who won the Stanley Cup the past five years. For someone to want to change the game, thats hard for people to accept. But without change, wed still have segregation and women wouldnt be able to vote. And we hoped some people would support us. When my dad was involved with the NHL players strike in 1994, it was a millionaires versus billionaires fight. Today, we figured that this would be seen as players just fighting for minimum wage. So we hoped we would at least get some support. Sam Berg insists his lawsuit isnt sour grapes. This is about helping all players, he says. What can you say about a system that pays some players the same as what they earned decades ago? The Bergs are a close-knit family. They live on a farm in Beamsville, Ont., with roots in the community that date back 300 years. The vineyard on their bucolic farm had a section cut out years ago to make room for a shinny rink where Sam and his sister Annie spent years learning to skate alongside their father, uncle Bob, who played in the American Hockey League, and their grandfather. We have spent a lot of time together, Sam Berg said. Family dinners, Christmases. We are close. So Berg was stunned at what happened when his grandpa found out about his lawsuit. William Berg called his son Bill, the former NHLer. He started going off to my dad about how our family would be portrayed in the community, Sam Berg said. He said people in the area would know him as the guy whose grandson ruined hockey. He was going on about how some teams are losing money and this would put them over the edge. My dad went back at him and asked when he became an expert in player contracts and the financial positions of the CHL teams and minimum-wage laws. Bill Berg, the former Maple Leaf, declined to comment on the rift within his family, other than to say he supports his sons efforts. It wasnt long before grandfather and grandson met at the Beamsville rink. The first thing he did, right away, was to talk aboout the finances of CHL teams and how I was going to screw up the league, said Sam Berg, whose sister Annie, a grade 11 student, recently committed to play hockey at St. Ian Happ Jersey. Lawrence University. Then he asked me if I was planning to sue St. Lawrence University, too. My grandfather thinks this will destroy some CHL teams in small markets, but they dont look destitute to me, Sam Berg said. They have revenue sharing already. Maybe they need to do more sharing. I tried to tell my grandpa he was not banker to these teams, so he really doesnt know, but he just said to me, why would they lie? You are going to ruin them. My grandpa thinks because this is hockey, that everyone is respectable. And then, a parting shot. He said, What do I say if people ask me if its my grandson who is ruining hockey? Sam Berg said. I told him he didnt have to tell anyone I am his grandson. He didnt say anything. He just walked away. William Berg said he is worried, like many hockey fans, that if his grandsons lawsuit is successful, that some junior hockey teams will be forced to fold. I cant grasp Sams reasons for doing this, he said. I had two boys go through hockey and it was fine for them. There are teams like London and St. Catharines that could clearly afford to pay players, but what about the other teams that are borderline in Belleville or Peterborough. They are on tight budgets and if they fold, how many chances does that take away from boys. After playing with the single-A Lincoln Blades and Peak Academy, a Toronto-area high school that specializes in sports programs, Sam Berg was drafted by the United States Hockey Leagues Muskegon Lumberjacks. The OHLs IceDogs, who had drafted Berg in the 12th round of the 2012 draft, suggested he be better off in the OHL than playing in the USHL, which may have been a route to a scholarship at an NCAA team. So the IceDogs made a sweet offer, Berg says. He says they promised him that if he played a single game, he would be granted an irrevocable guaranteed four-year education scholarship. After a training camp where he scored twice in five games last season, Berg said he fell out of favour with the coaching staff after 16 games and then was demoted to the St. Catharines Falcons, a Junior B team. After a trade to the Thorold Black Hawks, Berg said he injured his shoulder in a game so badly that he would need surgery if he was going to keep playing. He decided along with his family it was time for full-time school. I called the IceDogs and said Id be needing my scholarship because I was going back to school, Berg says. They didnt say anything. They just hung up the phone on me. IceDogs owner Bill Burke declined to comment and referred questions about the lawsuit to CHL commissioner David Branch, who did not respond to an email seeking comment. IceDogs coach and general manager Marty Williamson told The Toronto Star that Bergs scholarship package was voided because he didnt report this fall to training camp. He quit, Williamson said. You cant just quit and not show up. The team is paying for one semester of Bergs courses at McMaster University this year. I guess I have a problem with it, too, because Sam wasnt there that long with the team, William Berg says. If it was Gretzky or someone who had been in the league for four years, fine. Maybe Sam got a raw deal, but he wasnt there that long. If he had put in a year or two, then maybe I would agree with it, but after five or 10 or 15 games, I think hes going out on a limb about it. But Im not ashamed of Sam, William says quietly after a long pause. This is a just a difference of opinion. 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