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Hurricanes 2, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 2, Avalanche 1
Colorado Avalanche 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ray Whitney scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes claimed a chippy 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Cam Ward finished with 29 saves and took a bid for his 13th career shutout into the final minute, and Matt Cullen added two assists. The NHL's worst team has won three of five.

Brandon Yip scored with 15.5 seconds left and Peter Budaj made 18 saves for the Avalanche, which has lost two straight in regulation for the first time since mid-November.

The teams combined for 58 penalty minutes, with the violence starting early when Colorado's Darcy Tucker and Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu traded punches - apparently retaliating for Ruutu's hit on Tucker in the teams' last meeting. On Oct. 23, Ruutu sent Tucker into the boards and, eventually, off the ice on a backboard, leaving behind a pool of blood on the ice.

Ward, who made his 11th straight start, flirted with his first shutout since a 9-0 victory over the New York Islanders on April 7, 2009. Carolina, which has picked up seven points in its last six games, entered with 29 points - 10 behind Toronto, the second-worst team in the East.

Whitney made it a two-goal game 37 seconds into the second period, skating down the right side, faking a slap shot and instead sneaking a wrist shot past Budaj for his 13th goal. That gave him his third multi-goal game of the season and first since Dec. 12, when he scored twice in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa.

This time, his first goal came 5:30 in and capped off one of the team's best individual efforts of the season. Just 29 seconds into a charging penalty on Cody McLeod, Whitney took a pass from Matt Cullen, skated by a turned-around Ryan Wilson between the hash marks and slipped a backhand past Budaj.

That came after things got off to a chippy start when Tucker and Ruutu dropped their gloves roughly four minutes in. This time, it was Ruutu who wound up hurt; he didn't return after sustaining an upper-body injury.

Each player received a fighting major for their latest scrap, the first in a series of dustups between the teams and one of the highlights of a whistle-filled opening period in which there were a combined 42 penalty minutes.

NOTES: Avalanche C Paul Stastny had Ward beat from point-blank range with about 7 1/2 minutes left, but his shot rang the left post. ... Colorado fell to 8-4-1 against the East. ... Cullen has points in three straight games. ... Carolina RW Tom Kostopolous pulled Wilson's jersey over his head during another early scrap. Colorado RW Chris Stewart returned the favor to Hurricanes D Tim Gleason during the faceoff that followed Whitney's second goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:30
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (12) ASST: Matt Cullen (17), Rod Brind'Amour (7)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:37
CAR
Ray Whitney (13) ASST: Matt Cullen (18), Aaron Ward (7)
2 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
19:44
COL
Brandon Yip (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (15)
2 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:04
CAR
Jiri Tlusty  Tripping against  Brandon Yip
03:58
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Tucker
03:58
COL
Darcy Tucker  Fighting (maj) against  Tuomo Ruutu
05:01
COL
Cody McLeod  Charging against  Aaron Ward
06:06
CAR
Andrew Alberts  Holding against  Matt Hendricks
07:11
COL
Kyle Quincey  Roughing against  Patrick Dwyer
11:04
CAR
Stephane Yelle  Interference against  Matt Duchene
14:20
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:20
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Cross checking against  Matt Hendricks
16:20
COL
Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
17:54
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Hi-sticking against  Chris Stewart
17:54
COL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Jussi Jokinen
17:54
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Chris Stewart
18:57
CAR
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
18:57
COL
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
00:41
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
00:41
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
17:50
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
3rd Period
04:03
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping against  Wojtek Wolski
17:31
COL
Brandon Yip  Tripping against  Rod Brind'Amour
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 58:25
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
7-15-5
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1
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