RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette just
wants an easy victory.
For now, he's settling for any wins he can get.
Kevin Weekes made 19 saves, and Danny Markov and Kevyn Adams scored
first-period goals in the Carolina Hurricanes' 2-0 victory Tuesday night over
the St. Louis Blues.
Weekes made 12 of his saves after the first period as Carolina held on for
its fourth win in nine games since Laviolette took over for fired coach Paul
"It's mind-boggling that we have to sweat that out 2-0 at the end, but at
least we were sweating it out and it wasn't 0-2," Laviolette said. "We've
still got a ways to go, we still have to get better at a lot of different
things. When we do, i think we'll just keep improving."
Weekes' fifth shutout of the season helped the Hurricanes snap a three-game
Markov gave the Hurricanes the lead 5:07 in with an assist from Adams, who
stretched the advantage to 2-0 at 7:03 of the first by scoring a short-handed
The teams went scoreless the rest of the way.
"I thought we had pretty good energy from the first shift," Adams said.
"We were keyed up. You kind of have to have that mentality of desperation. ...
We're at the point where we can't be letting points slide."
In the second period, St. Louis managed 10 shots but couldn't beat Weekes.
Chris Osgood made 22 saves for St. Louis.
"I felt good," Osgood said. "They did a good job of driving the net and
it gave me trouble. I thought they played well. They are a good defensive team
that's been having trouble scoring."
St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said his club was outmatched in this game.
"It looked like the strength on the puck and the energy levels were at two
different levels, and they had a lot more of it," Quenneville said. "You
could tell on the first goal, the puck's there, they beat us to the front of
the net, it's in our net."
Blues forward Keith Tkachuk left the game toward the end of the second
period because of a sore neck.