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NHL: Carolina 2, St. Louis 0

March 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., March 15 (UPI) -- Cam Ward outdueled Brian Elliott and picked up his fourth shutout of the season Thursday in bringing the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-0 decision over St. Louis.

The game was scoreless into the third period but Chad LaRose and Jeff Skinner finally broke through against Elliott. That snapped a two-game skid for Carolina and gave the Blues their second straight loss.

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Despite the setback, St. Louis leads Vancouver by six points for the top spot in the Western Conference.

LaRose broke the scoreless tie with 7:52 to go in the third period by putting a wraparound shot past Elliott.

Ward, who made 40 saves, has 20 shutouts for his career.

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