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Hurricanes 2, Kings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

David Droschak

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Hurricanes 2, Kings 1
Los Angeles Kings 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2

Canes Win Defensive Battle

David Droschak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (FEB. 13, 2007) - There is little wiggle room in the Eastern Conference standings for the Carolina Hurricanes and they had little margin for error against a pesky Los Angeles team that didn't appear to be in a hurry to head home at the end of a five-game road trip.

Ray Whitney remained hot, the Canes killed off an early four-minute power play by the Kings and Cam Ward was back to his sharp self after being pulled early in Minnesota in a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

Ward stopped 21 of 22 shots, including a good chance by Derek Armstrong with three seconds left to secure Carolina's 29th win.

"I have a lot of faith in Cam and the team does," said Laviolette. "I just felt he deserved to go back in there because of the way he played on the first two games of the road trip. I yanked him in Minnesota and this was an opportunity to get him back in there and show some confidence."

It's easy to say the Canes should win a home game against the last-place team in the Western Conference, but the Kings were coming off a 4-1 win at Nashville - the top team in the west. And earlier in the season, Carolina lost at home to Philadelphia - a team that is dead last in the East.

"You can't worry about who you're catching or who is catching you at this point," said Scott Walker, who registered his fourth game-winning goal of the season. "You have to worry about the team you're playing and get the two points. It was a tough win, but we got it."

"There are never any easy games now, especially where we are in the standings and the importance of it," added Glen Wesley. "We knew about it and talked about it this morning. We realized going into the third period how important it was to hold that lead."

Carolina improved to 20-0 this year when leading heading into the third.

While Ward was standing tall and cutting down just about every shooting angle against the Kings, it was a four-minute kill early on that dominated the post game talk in the locker room.

Carolina's penalty kill, which had given up two power play goals in three of the last five games, had to be sharp after Justin Williams took a double-minor high sticking penalty 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed just one shot on goal as the Canes weathered the storm.

"That really dictated the game for us," said Ward. "That could have been make or break right there. That was a momentum shifter for us and very easily could have been a turning point of the hockey game."

The Kings managed just 10 shots in the opening 40 minutes but tied it up 1-1 midway through the second with Josef Vasicek off for a questionable roughing penalty.

But a great individual cycling effort by Walker three minutes later put the Hurricanes back on top by a goal. Andrew Ladd was able to screen Sean Burke on Walker's long slap shot as Vasicek picked up his first assist since being traded back to his former team four days ago.

"It was a good goal for us, that's the strength of our game when we start to move like that down low and get guys cutting back and the defense thinking about activating," said Laviolette. "We got a few fresh bodies on the ice and they were tired."

"Our cycle game was working good for us tonight," said Walker, who scored for the first time in nine games. "I just came around there and it parted like the Red Sea and Ladd was right in front and he didn't see a thing."

Whitney left halfway through the first period with what looked like a leg injury, but returned the score on Carolina's initial power play with 1:10 left, one-timing a Rod Brind'Amour centering pass from the slot.

Whitney's goal extended his point streak to five games (five goals and five assists) and came about a minute after Dustin Brown lost the handle on a short-handed breakaway attempt on Ward that would have given the Kings the first-period lead.

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:50
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (26) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (47), David Tanabe (8)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
11:31
LAK
PPG - Alex Frolov (30) ASST: Brent Sopel (17), Derek Armstrong (30)
1 - 1 Tie
14:46
CAR
Scott Walker (17) ASST: Josef Vasicek (10), David Tanabe (9)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:13
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Jamie Lundmark
00:13
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Jamie Lundmark
17:14
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Eric Staal
2nd Period
03:19
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan  Hooking against  Justin Williams
05:44
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan  Abusive language - bench
09:52
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Roughing against  Sean Burke
15:22
CAR
Eric Staal  Hooking against  Jamie Lundmark
3rd Period
00:55
CAR
Glen Wesley  Holding against  Alex Frolov
05:27
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Interference against  Andrew Ladd
10:24
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan  Too many men/ice - bench
12:10
CAR
Eric Staal  Hooking against  Mattias Norstrom
goalie stats
Sean Burke
SA: 29TOI: 59:06
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .931SH: 2 - 2
Cam Ward
SA: 22TOI: 59:31
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0