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Hurricanes edge Predators 2-1 on goals by Skinner, Rask

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Tuesday night, snapping the Predators' four-game winning streak.

Skinner scored his sixth goal of the season late in the first period, and he assisted Victor Rask 55 seconds into the third for a 2-0 lead.

Mike Ribeiro cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:46 remaining in regulation for Nashville. Carolina failed to clear the zone, and Roman Josi sent the puck back toward the crease, where Ribeiro gathered it, then turned and beat Cam Ward.

The Predators earned their first power play of the game with a minute left, but couldn't score on a 6-on-4 opportunity after pulling goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Andrej Sekera blocked a shot in the final five seconds to seal the victory for Carolina.

Nashville outshot Carolina 33-25. Ward made 32 saves for the Hurricanes, who were outshot 15-6 in the third.

Carolina (8-13-3) has won two of its last three and improved to 6-3-1 when scoring first.

Rinne had 23 saves for the Predators (16-6-2).

Skinner gave Carolina a 1-0 lead with a one-handed tip-in. John-Michael Liles passed ahead to Andre Nestrasil along the left boards, and Nestrasil manoeuvred away from a defender, back-handing a pass toward the crease. Skinner skated in and got a stick on the puck, beating Rinne to the far post for his sixth goal of the season.

Rask took a pass from Skinner and fired home from the near post early in the third period for his fourth goal of the season.

NOTES: Nashville coach Peter Laviolette is in his first season with the Predators. He coached the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup. . Skinner has 10 points in six career games against the Predators, including a hat trick in a 5-2 victory last Dec. 5. . The crowd of 9,161 was the lowest announced attendance of the season for Carolina at PNC Arena.

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