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Calgary
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46-30-6
Carolina
Hurricanes
45-30-7

22 SOG
34 SOG
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CGY
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game recap

Hurricanes 6, Flames 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 6, Flames 1
Calgary Flames 1, Carolina Hurricanes 6

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Ray Whitney is too busy trying to help the Carolina Hurricanes reach the playoffs to give much thought about personal milestones.

Even if he did, this is one he never saw coming.

Whitney reached 300 career goals Friday night, scoring three power-play goals in the Hurricanes' 6-1 victory over Calgary.

"I've been bought out twice, on waivers twice," said Whitney, playing his 17th NHL season. "I've seen it all, that's for sure, so 300, I'll take that. Probably a lot of people didn't think that would happen, myself included."

The Hurricanes won for the sixth time in eight games to remain tied with Buffalo for ninth place in the race for the eight Eastern Conference playoff spots. The Hurricanes and Sabres are two points behind fifth-place Montreal and a point behind Pittsburgh, Florida and the New York Rangers.

Erik Cole scored a first-period goal in his first game back with Carolina after a trade-deadline deal with Edmonton on Wednesday.

"He didn't disappoint," Whitney said. "He played the game that we thought he would. Getting a goal, I thought, was big for him to ease any pressure he might have felt."

Cam Ward made 21 saves for the victory. Calgary, coming off a 5-1 win in Philadelphia on Thursday night, had scored at least four goals in its last five games.

"I think it just goes to show the potential we have as a team," Ward said. "It was a true test against arguably one of the top teams in the league, and we played a complete 60 minutes tonight."

Sergei Samsonov and Scott Walker also scored for Carolina.

Jarome Iginla spoiled Ward's shutout bid, scoring his 29th goal with 3:49 left.

Curtis McElhinney allowed all six goals for Calgary, a night after NHL victory leader Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 35 shots in the win in Philadelphia. McElhinney is winless in 13 NHL appearances.

"Unfortunately, he's had a lot of, 'One of those games,"' Iginla said of McElhinney. "He made a great save off the start and it could have been a game-breaker save, but unfortunately we didn't respond. We all feel responsible and it's hard to accept for him."

At Buffalo, N.Y., Tim Connolly had two goals and two assists, and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves for Buffalo.

Connolly has five points in two games after signing a two-year, $9 million contract extension Wednesday. Lalime is 2-2-1 since taking over for injured starter Ryan Miller.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera added a goal and assist, and Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford also scored. Matthew Lombardi scored for Phoenix.

At Tampa, Fla., Brad Boyes scored 27 seconds into overtime for St. Louis, and set up two first-period goals.

Boyes won it with his 26th goal of the season after the Blues blew a two-goal lead in the final 8 minutes of regulation. Matt Pettinger cut it to 3-2 with 7:50 left, and Steven Stamkos pulled Tampa Bay even with 15.7 seconds to go.

Andy McDonald had a power-play goal and three assists, David Backes added a goal and an assist, and Keith Tkachuk also scored for St. Louis in the Blues' fourth consecutive road victory. Martin St. Louis added a goal for Tampa Bay.

At Anaheim, Calif., Loui Eriksson scored two goals, Marty Turco made 36 saves to help Dallas move into a tie with Nashville and Columbus for sixth place in the Western Conference, four points behind fifth-place Vancouver.

Mike Ribeiro had a power-play goal and an assist for the Stars, and Steve Ott had two assists to reach the 100-point mark in the NHL. James Wisniewski scored in his first game with Anaheim, and Bobby Ryan added his 23rd of the season.

At Atlanta, Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for Atlanta, Bryan Little scored with 2:32 left in the first period, and Rich Peverley added an empty-netter.

Montreal is 2-11-1 in its last 14 road games.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:51
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (19) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (24), Rod Brind'Amour (24)
1 - 0 CAR
17:40
CAR
Sergei Samsonov (14) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CAR
18:22
CAR
Erik Cole (17) ASST: Eric Staal (23), Anton Babchuk (12)
3 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
07:58
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (20) ASST: Eric Staal (24)
4 - 0 CAR
17:17
CAR
Scott Walker (4) ASST: Matt Cullen (15)
5 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
04:08
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (21) ASST: Matt Cullen (16), Chad LaRose (10)
6 - 0 CAR
16:11
CGY
Jarome Iginla (29) ASST: NONE
6 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
14:27
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Interference against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
01:46
CGY
Warren Peters  Hooking against  Eric Staal
06:42
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Slashing against  Erik Cole
07:40
CGY
David Moss  Too many men/ice - bench
13:05
CGY
David Moss  Elbowing against  Joni Pitkanen
3rd Period
02:23
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Misconduct (10 min)
02:23
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Instigator against  Dennis Seidenberg
02:23
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Dennis Seidenberg
02:23
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
04:43
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
05:56
CGY
Mike Cammalleri  Holding the stick against  Joe Corvo
09:30
CAR
Tim Conboy  Roughing against  Jim Vandermeer
09:30
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Misconduct (10 min)
09:30
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Elbowing against  Dwight Helminen
09:30
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Conboy
09:30
CAR
Tim Conboy  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
11:29
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Tripping against  Craig Conroy
12:33
CAR
Chad LaRose  Tripping against  Jarome Iginla
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 34TOI: 59:58
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
28-21-3
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .955SH: 2 - 2