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December 5, 2013

Canes @ Predators

The Carolina Hurricanes are playing the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

For the second straight game, Jeff Skinner has scored twice and the Canes have four goals after two periods.

Justin Faulk and Riley Nash also have scored for the Canes, who led 4-2 after two. The Canes led 1-0 after the first, allowed two goals in the first two minutes of the second to fall behind, then surged into the lead.

Faulk's goal just 23 seconds into the opening period, unassisted, pushed the Canes ahead 1-0. Faulk appeared to surprise Preds goalie Marek Mazanec with a snap-wrister off the right wall that went under Mazanec’s right pad.

The Preds tied it 50 seconds into the second when Mike Fisher redirected a shot by Victor Bartley. The Preds then moved ahead when Viktor Stalberg stole the puck near the Canes’ blue line and got off a shot that Canes goalie Justin Peters couldn’t corral. Nick Spaling got a piece of it and Stalberg knocked it in.

But Peters, making his second straight start, stopped Stalberg on a breakaway and the Canes steadied. Skinner beat Mazanec off the rush with a shot from the right wing. Nash then scored on a three-on-one rush, taking a pass from Pat Dwyer, after the Canes had killed off a Ron Hainsey penalty.

Skinner’s second goal came on a power play late in the second after Dwyer took a stick in the face. With seconds left in the power play, Skinner loaded up from the right circle and ripped a shot past Mazanec.

The Canes lost defenseman Mike Komisarek to a lower-body injury in the second.

Faulk's goal was his second of the season. The defenseman has both goals and four assists in the past six games as the Canes' D-men continue to contribute points.

The Canes had just four shots in the opening period but the first one was the difference. Nashville finished the opening period with seven shots.

The Preds' best scoring chance came on a Canes power play. Defenseman Ryan Murphy mishandled the puck deep in the Carolina zone as Nick Spaling jumped in for a quick backhander.

The Canes denied the Preds on two power plays in the first. The Preds second power play came late in the period after goalie Justin Peters touched the puck in the no-play area for delay of game. A Preds shot handcuffed Peters but defenseman Andrej Sekera swatted the high-bounding puck away.

The Canes led the Washington Capitals 1-0 after one Tuesday and 4-0 after two in winning 4-1.

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