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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Carolina



(Friday, January 31st)

Final Score: Carolina 3, St. Louis 1

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Skinner recorded the deciding goal early in the second period and Anton Khudobin stopped 27 pucks, as Carolina bested St. Louis, 3-1, on Friday.

Nathan Gerbe and Alexander Semin also tallied for the Hurricanes, who have taken five of their last six.

"Right from the get go I thought our guys were focused," said Carolina head coach Kirk Muller.

David Backes scored and Jaroslav Halak made 28 stops for the Blues, who were denied a fourth consecutive victory.

Skinner's low shot from between the circles made it 2-1 for the hosts less than two minutes into the second. Jordan Staal set up the score, by winning a left-circle draw and holding off a checker so that Skinner had a lane to shoot.

St. Louis was forced to play catch up from there. The visitors failed to click on three straight power plays late in the middle period and into the early portion of the third.

The Blues had a prime chance to tie the contest with Halak on the bench in the final 82 seconds, but on the next shift, Semin wrestled the puck from a visiting defender in the neutral zone and eventually scored into the open net.

"We looked like wanted an easier game and we didn't get it," noted Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Gerbe made the most of a cross-ice Andrej Sekera dish, beating Halak with a one-timer from the right circle on a Carolina advantage at 3:46 of the first.

Backes ripped one past Khudobin on the Blues' first advantage, tying the game at 9:23, only 12 seconds after 'Canes blueliner Ron Hainsey went off for hooking.

Game Notes

Khudobin has allowed two goals or less in all of his 15 starts this season ... The Blues fell to 17-4-1 against the East this season ... St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a seven-game point streak (3G, 5A) against the Hurricanes snapped on Friday ... The clubs split the season series, with each team winning on home ice.

01/31 22:56:34 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
 
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
8th
TAM 9
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
9th
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
7th
COL 9
PHI 1
 
1st
OAK 7
HOU 0
 
2nd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st
ANA 0
DAL 1
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3