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Ward helps Hurricanes handle Penguins @NHL

Cam Ward made 34 saves, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at PNC Arena on Friday in the preseason finale for each team.

Ward allowed a third-period goal by Pascal Dupuis but the Hurricanes (4-2-0) won their fourth consecutive game. Jordan Staal scored at 19:29 of the first period to put Carolina ahead, and James Wisniewski made it 2-0 at 2:59 of the third.

The Hurricanes open the regular season at the Nashville Predators on Oct. 8.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for the Penguins, who finished the preseason 3-5-0. Pittsburgh opens the regular season at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 8.

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