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Whitney scores two as Carolina beats Colorado 2-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Whitney scores two as Carolina beats Colorado 2-1
Colorado Avalanche 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2

The Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche don't see each other very much. That might be a good thing.

Ray Whitney scored twice Friday night as the 'Canes held off the Avs 2-1 in a game notable for the chippiness between the non-conference opponents. Cam Ward stopped 29 shots and was within 15.5 seconds of hid 13th career shutout before Brandon Yip scored for the Avs, who've lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since mid-November.

"We've got to find a way to bury" the puck, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "We kept coming after them, especially in the second and third period. We just couldn't pull it behind them today."

The game featured 58 penalty minutes -- including 42 in a combative first period.

"Playing that kind of game is tiring," Whitney quipped. "I don't know if you can do it much longer than that."

There were hard feelings stemming from the teams' last meeting on Oct. 23, when Carolina's Tuomo sent Colorado's Darcy Tucker into the boards and, eventually, off the ice on a backboard, leaving behind a pool of blood on the ice.

This time, the two went at it 3:58 into the game

"It was a little redemption from Tucker," Yip said.

Ward, who made his 11th straight start, flirted with his first shutout since a 9-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

"You want to go out there, you want to try to give your team a chance to win each and every night," Ward said. "I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable -- I've got more of a smile on my face, and having some fun out there."

Whitney scored 5:30 into the game on a brilliant individual effort. With the 'Canes on a power play, he took a pass from Cullen, skated by a turned-around Ryan Wilson between the hash marks and slipped a backhand past Peter Budaj

"[Wilson] was standing flat-footed -- that's not an enviable position to be in when a guy's coming with speed at you," Whitney said. "Budaj thought I was going to shoot it right away, and he kind of slipped a little bit himself."

Whitney made it 2-0 37 seconds into the second period, skating down the right side, faking a slap shot and instead sneaking a wrist shot past Budaj for his 13th goal. That gave him his third multigoal game of the season and first since Dec. 12, when he scored twice in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa.

That came after things got off to a chippy start when Tucker and Ruutu dropped their gloves -- the first in a series of dustups between the teams.

Ruutu didn't return after sustaining an upper-body injury.

"That's kind of a code of ethics, when you hit a guy the way he did and knock him out for a certain period of time, you kind of have to answer it the next time," Whitney said. "He was a man about it, and he lined up with him. He could have went to the other side, but he lined up and did kind of what is required in the game of hockey.

"Unfortunately, he hurt himself doing it, but as teammates and a group of players, you respect him even more for standing up."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
05:30
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (12) ASST: Matt Cullen (17), Rod Brind'Amour (7)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:37
CAR
Ray Whitney (13) ASST: Matt Cullen (18), Aaron Ward (7)
2 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
19:44
COL
Brandon Yip (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (15)
2 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:04
CAR
Jiri Tlusty  Tripping against  Brandon Yip
03:58
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Tucker
03:58
COL
Darcy Tucker  Fighting (maj) against  Tuomo Ruutu
05:01
COL
Cody McLeod  Charging against  Aaron Ward
06:06
CAR
Andrew Alberts  Holding against  Matt Hendricks
07:11
COL
Kyle Quincey  Roughing against  Patrick Dwyer
11:04
CAR
Stephane Yelle  Interference against  Matt Duchene
14:20
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:20
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Cross checking against  Matt Hendricks
16:20
COL
Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
17:54
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Hi-sticking against  Chris Stewart
17:54
COL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Jussi Jokinen
17:54
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Chris Stewart
18:57
CAR
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
18:57
COL
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
00:41
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
00:41
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
17:50
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
3rd Period
04:03
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping against  Wojtek Wolski
17:31
COL
Brandon Yip  Tripping against  Rod Brind'Amour
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 58:25
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
7-15-5
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1