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NHL: Carolina 3, St. Louis 1

Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period Friday and Anton Khudobin made the lead stand up to bring Carolina a 3-1 win over St. Louis.

Khudobin put together a 10-4 record during January after returning from an injury and he was solid in goal again Friday, turning aside 26 shots. The Hurricanes won for the fifth time in six games.

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St. Louis had captured its previous three outings.

The game was tied after one period with both goals in the stanza coming on the power play -- Nathan Gerbe scoring for Carolina and David Backes for the Blues.

Skinner's tiebreaking goal came 1:51 into the second period and it remained a 2-1 contest until Alexander Semin scored into an empty net with 1:04 left.

Jaroslav Halak gave up two goals on 28 shots.

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