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Date of game: 12/2/2014

Recap: Carolina vs. Nashville

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist, Cam Ward made 32 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Tuesday.

Ward's best work came in the third period when he turned away 14 of Nashville's 15 shots.

Skinner's first-period goal gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, and he assisted on Victor Rask's goal in the third period that proved to be the game-winner.

Mike Ribeiro scored Nashville's only goal in the third period.

Pekka Rinne made 23 saves in the loss, ending Nashville's four game winning streak.

"We've got to move on," said Predators coach Peter Laviolette. "It wasn't from a lack of effort or a lack of looks."

After a scoreless second period, Carolina struck early in the third to extend its lead. Rask received a feed from Skinner in the neutral zone, and he skated down the left wing before firing a long-distance shot that found the back of the net.

The Predators caught a break to pull within one with less than five minutes to go in the game. Roman Josi's dump-in along the boards bounced out to Ribeiro alone in front of the net. He knocked the puck down with his hand and went to his backhand to beat Ward to make it a 2-1 game.

Nashville controlled play the rest of the game, but Ward stood strong in net. He turned away a pair of James Neal shots in quick succession, and the Predators pressure forced Riley Nash to take a penalty with a minute remaining.

Ward made three saves on the power play to seal the win, just Carolina's third in its last 10 attempts.

"We've got a lot of home games coming up, and we want to try and get on a bit of a roll," said Skinner.

Each team had opportunities to score early on breakaways denied by goalies, but as the first period neared its conclusion, Carolina broke the scoreless tie.

With just one hand on his stick, Skinner threw his blade in front of a Andrej Nestrasil back-hand attempt from along the boards. The puck deflected off Skinner's stick past Rinne for the 1-0 Hurricanes lead at intermission.

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Carolina's Nathan Gerbe played his 100th career game as a Hurricane ... This was the 2,400th game played in David Poile's General Manager career ... Nashville skates next on Thursday against St. Louis ... Carolina continues a five-game homestand Thursday against Washington.

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