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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Carolina

(Saturday, January 31st)

Final Score: Carolina 2, Atlanta 0

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Ward made 19 stops to record his third shutout of the season as Carolina topped Atlanta, 2-0, at RBC Center.

Matt Cullen and Ray Whitney each scored once for the Hurricanes, who have won four of their last five games.

Kari Lehtonen was strong in defeat, making 38 saves for the Thrashers, who have lost four games in a row.

Carolina picked up a pair of goals in the first period, on a short-handed tally by Cullen at 7:41 and an even-strength score by Whitney at 18:29. The Hurricanes blitzed the Thrashers by a 21-4 margin in shots as well.

Ward made that two-goal edge stand up with 11 stops in the second period and four in a defensively-oriented final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

Carolina has won eight of the last 10 meetings, and three of five this season...Ward improved to 20-15-3 on the season and posted his ninth career whitewash...Atlanta suffered its second scoreless game in its last three contests, having lost 2-0 at Dallas on Tuesday.

01/31 23:22:39 ET

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