ST. LOUIS - Carolina goalie Cam Ward stopped 19 shots and Tuomo Ruutu scored in the third period, helping the Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory Thursday over the St. Louis Blues.
On the power play, Ruutu deflected a slap shot by Eric Staal from just inside the left circle for the only goal at 9:41. The puck trickled through the pads of goalie Chris Mason, who was playing for the first time since he had emergency appendectomy surgery Oct. 16.
Carolina took advantage while Paul Kariya was off the ice for a hooking penalty. It was the seventh power-play opportunity for the Hurricanes.
The Blues entered the game with the top-ranked power-play in the NHL but St. Louis had just three chances, including two in the third period.
It was the second time in the last three games St. Louis has been shut out.
It was a listless first two periods by both clubs. The Blues didn't get a shot on goal until 11:12 of the first period. Carolina had just two shots in that span. St. Louis didn't get its 10th shot until 3:17 of the third period when Andy McDonald was thwarted by Ward.
The Blues had not lost at home to Carolina since the 1999-2000 season. In the last 20 years, the Hurricanes franchise won just three games, going 3-11-2-1 in St. Louis before the victory.
Ward, a No. 1 draft pick in 2002, didn't have much to do until the third period, when the Blues had 10 shots on goal. He earned his seventh career shutout in the victory.
Mason made 28 saves for the Blues.
Notes: C Eric Brewer played his 200th game for the Blues. ... This was the last of a six-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who went 3-1-2. ... Carolina played without F Brandon Sutter (concussion), D Joni Pitkanen (knee), D Frantisek Kaberle (leg), F Scott Walker (hand) and F Justin Williams (Achilles' tendon). ... Carolina D Anton Babchuk skated in his 100th career game.