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Hurricanes 5, Ducks 1

Jeff Skinner notches a hat-trick and Eddie Lack makes 31 saves as Canes beat Ducks

Jeff Skinner knocks in an empty-netter to complete his hat-trick against the Ducks on Friday night
Jeff Skinner knocks in an empty-netter to complete his hat-trick against the Ducks on Friday night
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The Carolina Hurricanes continued their recent torrid scoring pace and defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-1 on Friday night in Anaheim.

The traditionally low-scoring Canes have now scored 15 goals in their last three games.

Jeff Skinner stayed hot and connected for a hat-trick, the third of his career.  He now shares the team lead with 11 goals on the season.  Justin Faulk also has 11.

After taking an elbow to the head early in the game, Faulk had 26:22 of ice time, contributed two assists, and had three shots on goal. Nate Thompson was given a major and a game misconduct for elbowing on the play against Faulk.

Eddie Lack was given the start for this game and he played well.  The goalie also actually played with the lead for the first time as a Carolina Hurricane in this game.  Lack finished with 31 saves on 32 shots.

Skinner started the scoring off with a laser shot at 16:50 into the first period.

The winger made it 2-0 when he knocked in a Victor Rask rebound after Rask made a nice power move into the Ducks' crease.  Bruce Boudreau used his coach's challenge afterward, hoping for goaltender interference on the play, but the goal stood up.

The Canes were awarded a powerplay later in the second and Eric Staal made a pretty passing move to find Elias Lindholm, who made no mistake and it was 3-0 visitors.

Lack lost his bid for a shutout at 14:09 into the third period, but Jordan Staal came right back with a nifty wrist shot to make it 4-1.

Skinner would then make a nice hustle play along the boards to score his third on an empty net to wrap it up.  Lack earned an assist on the play.

The Canes traveled right after the game to Arizona and will play the Coyotes on Saturday night.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outshot 32-24 but made their shots count in this one.  Skinner had a team high four.
  • Brett Pesce and Ron Hainsey led the team with four blocked shots each.  The club at 17 blocked shots.
  • Hainsey dropped the gloves with Ryan Getzlaf in the third.  The fight was most likely a draw.
  • Event Summary