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NHL: Carolina 4, Nashville 3

Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Eric Staal scored one goal and assisted on two others and Cam Ward returned from an injury Tuesday, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 win over Nashville.

Ward missed three games with a lower-body injury but didn't show any ill effects Tuesday, making 26 saves as the Hurricanes broke a six-game losing streak against Nashville.

Jamie McBain and Bryan Allen added goals as Carolina beat the Predators for the first time since January 2006 and improved to 2-0-2 on a six-game homestand.

Nashville, meanwhile, suffered its first regulation loss six contests.

Gabriel Bourque led the Predators with a goal and an assist.

Backup Nashville goalie Anders Lindback -- making his first appearance since Jan. 17 -- stopped 29 shots.

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