NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Carolina|
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Los Angeles 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Jeff Skinner scored a tiebreaking goal early in
the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1,
Skinner battled down low and banged home the rebound of a Jussi Jokinen shot
behind Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Bernier at 3:02.
"You just have to stay mentally tough and play with confidence," Skinner said.
Jiri Tlusty provided a second-period goal for the Hurricanes, who have won
three of their last four games.
Cam Ward turned aside 24 shots to earn his 20th win of the season. He was
coming off a 47-save performance in Thursday's 3-0 victory at Boston. The
former Conn Smythe Trophy winner set a franchise record for the most saves
ever by a Carolina netminder in a shutout.
Anze Kopitar lit the lamp for Los Angeles, which has dropped the first two
stops on its six-game road trip.
Bernier made 20 saves in his first start since January 9.
"I thought we played a solid game," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
Kopitar got the Kings on the board when he gathered a feed from Justin
Williams and sent a shot past Ward for a power-play goal 4:58 into the game.
Carolina tied the game when Tlusty blocked a point shot in his zone and beat
Bernier on the ensuing breakaway from the right circle at the 15:40 mark of
The Hurricanes improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games at the RBC
Center...Los Angeles had won three straight against Carolina...Hurricanes
forward Patrick Dwyer played in his 200th career game.
02/05 01:46:02 ET