Skinner's power-play goal guides Canes by Blues
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[January 06, 2017]
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Skinner scored
a power-play goal with 6:08 left in the third period to break a 2-2
tie and lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 win Thursday night
over the St. Louis Blues.
The loss kept the Blues from winning back-to-back games, something
they have not done for more than a month. They won three games in a
row from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.
Skinner's goal, his 14th of the year, came just 17 seconds after
Blues' defenseman Brad Hunt was called for slashing. It was only the
second power play goal by the Hurricanes in their last nine games.
The Blues received a power play chance of their own with 5:10 to
play when Derek Ryan was called for delay of game, but they could
not score the tying goal. Ryan then added his second goal of the
game into an empty net for the final two-goal margin.
For the second game in a row, Jake Allen allowed a goal on the
opponent's first shot on goal. Ryan scored on a 2-on-1 break, faking
a pass before beating Allen just 69 seconds into the game.
The Blues rallied to take the lead with two goals early in the
second period. Defenseman Joel Edmundson scored his first of the
year at 3:04 before Vladimir Tarasenko's power-play goal at 7:29 put
the Blues in front. It was Tarasenko's 19th goal of the season and
gave him 14 points on six goals and eight assists in his last 12
Jay McClement score the tying goal for the Hurricanes at 11:02 of
the second period.
Carolina was set to go on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:43 late in the
second period, but a slashing penalty to Jordan Staal just 26
seconds later wiped out the two-man advantage and the Blues were
able to kill the remaining penalty and keep the game tied.
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Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Ryan (33) celebrates after teammate
left wing Jeff Skinner (not pictured) scored against St. Louis Blues
goalie Jake Allen (34) as center Kyle Brodziak (28) and defenseman
Kevin Shattenkirk (22) look on during the third period at Scottrade
Center. The Hurricanes won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA
The Hurricanes activated D Justin Faulk from injured reserve prior
to the game and placed C Elias Lindholm on IR, retroactive to Dec.
30, because of an upper-body injury. Faulk had been out since Dec.
23 with a lower-body injury which forced him to miss four games. ...
RW Ty Rattie was inserted into the Carolina lineup, one day after he
was claimed on waivers from the Blues. Rattie played in only four
games for St. Louis this season, the most recent on Nov. 28. ... D
Brad Hunt replaced D Carl Gunnarsson in the Blues lineup after
Gunnarsson suffered a lower-body injury in the Winter Classic game
on Monday. His status is said to be day-to-day. ... The Hurricanes
play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday night while the Blues will
host the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
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