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Michael Leighton makes 32 saves as Hurricanes beat Ducks 3-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Michael Leighton made 32 saves and Ryan Bayda, Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Staal scored goals in the Carolina Hurricanes' 3-1 victory over the slumping Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

Brind'Amour broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period and the Hurricanes held off Anaheim in the final period for their first victory on a six-game trip that began with a 4-3 overtime loss at Los Angeles on Friday night.

The victory moved Carolina coach Peter Laviolette past the late Bob Johnson into second place among U.S.-born coaches with 235 career victories. Former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella tops the list with 239.

Francois Beauchemin scored for the Ducks, who fell to 1-5 a night after beating San Jose 4-0.

Niclas Walin had two assists for Carolina. Ray Whitney set up Brind'Amour's goal to extend his season-opening points streak to five games. Whitney has a goal and five assists.

Carolina controlled early play, taking a 1-0 lead six minutes after the opening faceoff when Staal sent a wraparound pass through the crease for Bayda to tap past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Ducks gained momentum after shutting down a lengthy 5-on-3 Carolina power play, outshooting the Hurricanes 16-5 over a 19-minute stretch.

Beauchemin tied it slapshot from the right point during a delayed penalty call at 14:27 of the second.

Just 2:21 after the Ducks tied it, Brind'Amour gathered a puck in the slot and calmly swiped around Giguere to score his third goal of the season, giving the Hurricanes a 2-1 advantage after two periods.

Carolina had to shut down an Anaheim 5-on-3 power play early in the third period, one of three power-play chances the Ducks had in the third period.

Staal added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Notes: Forward Tuomo Ruutu was scratched from the Carolina lineup because a groin injury. ... The Ducks honoured several local USA Olympic medal winners before the contest. The crowd provided swimmer Jason Lezak of Irvine a lengthy ovation as a portion of his gold-medal securing anchor leg in the 400-metre relay was shown on the videoboard. ... The Hurricanes last played at Anaheim on Dec. 6, 2005.

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