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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Carolina

(Thursday, January 4th)

Final Score: Phoenix 2, Carolina 0

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Curtis Joseph stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout, as the Phoenix Coyotes toppled the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-0, at RBC Center.

Joseph's whitewash was his second of the year and 49th of his career, and with the victory he passed Hall-of-Famer Jacques Plante for fifth on the all-time list with 438. Terry Sawchuk is fourth with 447 wins.

Joseph made 40 saves in an 8-0 win over San Jose on Saturday, and five nights later, he was spectacular again, making 11 stops in both the first and third periods. He yielded to Mikael Tellqvist on Monday in a 3-2 Coyotes win at Washington.

"We talked at the beginning of the year about needing something to take the stress and workload off of Curtis and Tellqvist has done that," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "Now with Curtis being fresh, he's playing better now than he even did last year. Last year, he was good at times but right now he's much more solid and much more in the zone."

Yanic Perreault and Ed Jovanovski tallied for Phoenix, winners in four straight and five of six.

Cam Ward made 26 saves in the loss for Carolina, which has dropped four of its last five outings. The Hurricanes were blanked for the second straight time, also falling 3-0 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Phoenix got on the board just 3:29 in, as Oleg Saprykin chased down Owen Nolan's left-corner dump and fed Perreault, who slipped by the Carolina defense on the right side for an easy tap-in.

Jovanovski doubled the lead 26 seconds into the second, taking a Carolina clear which didn't make it past the bottom of the left circle, and cranking a rising slap per over Ward's glove.

Carolina put 11 shots on Joseph in the third period, only one of which was a quality chance. The Canes' normally explosive offense did not generate any flow or chances with their net empty in the final minute of play.

"We had a ton of scoring chances against Philadelphia and not so many in the last game we played, but tonight we had some but it's certainly not the attack that we are used to seeing," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "There were chances and they are not finding their way into the back of the net."

Game Notes

Phoenix has won four straight and five of the last seven meetings...Coyotes forward Mike Ricci did not play, and is not expected to for the remainder of the road trip as he was granted leave by the team to ponder a possible retirement...Carolina was blanked for the fifth time this season, the first time that has occurred since 2003-2004...Neither team scored on the power play, with five opportunities on each side.

01/04 22:31:17 ET

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