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Ray Whitney scores 3 powerplay goals as Canes rout the Flames 6-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Ray Whitney scored three powerplay goals to reach 300 for his career in the Carolina Hurricanes' 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

The Hurricanes scored three times in the final 5:09 of the first period, including a rebound goal by Erik Cole in his first game back with the franchise after a trade-deadline deal with Edmonton on Wednesday.

Sergei Samsonov and Scott Walker also scored, and Cam Ward made 21 saves - allowing only Jarome Iginla's 29th goal with 3:49 left.

The Hurricanes, fighting for an Eastern Conference playoff shot, have won six of their last eight games.

Calgary, coming off a 5-1 victory in Philadelphia on Thursday, had scored at least four goals in each of its last five games.

Whitney opened the scoring for Carolina off a feed from Samsonov.

Whitney's second score, which gave him his eighth season of at least 20 goals, came on a two-man advantage midway through the second period.

The Hurricanes had a 24-9 advantage at one point in the second period and finished with a 33-22 edge.

Curtis McElhinney gave up all six goals for Calgary.

The second-year goalie is winless in 13 NHL appearances.

He was subbing for NHL wins leader Miikka Kiprusoff, who had 35 saves in Philadelphia on Thursday. Calgary fell to 2-7-1 on the second night of back-to-back games.

Each of those games has been away from home.

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