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Corvo and Ward carry 'Canes to lopsided win over Oilers

Nov 10, 2010 - 4:07 AM
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Joe Corvo scored a pair of goals and Cam Ward made 21 saves, as the Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Edmonton Oilers, 7-1, at RBC Center.

Jeff Skinner had a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won three of four. Sergei Samsonov, Chad LaRose, Erik Cole, and Patrick Dwyer each scored a goal, while Eric Staal dished out four assists for the victors.

"It seemed like every bounce went our way this game, but we earned them," Skinner said. "We came out hard right from the first shift."

Dustin Penner scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost three of four.

Nikolai Khabibulin was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots before Devan Dubnyk turned aside 31-of-34 shots in relief.

"I saw a team that, because we didn't get a penalty call and a powerplay on the ice, decided that the world was against them tonight," Oilers head coach Tom Renney said. "You can't win that way. Bottom line."

The Hurricanes' offense needed just 26 seconds to get going. Brandon Sutter led a rush down the left side and fired a backhander on net. Khabibulin made the save but left a rebound for a charging Dwyer. The puck hit off the skate of Dwyer and went into the back of the net. It was ruled that Dwyer did not intentionally kick the puck into the goal.

Cole's power-play goal gave Carolina a 2-0 lead at the 1:15 mark of the first. Skinner faked a shot from the top of the right circle before sliding a pass to Cole, whose wrister beat Khabibulin.

Corvo also lit the lamp on the power play at the 4:10 mark. Skinner, positioned at the right circle, slid a pass in front for Corvo, who chipped the disc into the back of the net for a 3-0 margin.

Joni Pitkanen, Staal, and LaRose combined for a tic-tac-toe goal at 7:19 to make it 4-0 after one period.

Corvo's power-play goal at the 4:49 mark of the second made it 5-0.

Samsonov added to the lead with a goal just 1:06 into the third. Edmonton, though, broke the shutout bid when Penner scored at the 5:21 mark.

Skinner capped the scoring at 7:48.

Game Notes

This was the only meeting between these two teams this season...Carolina re- assigned defenseman Brett Carson to Charlotte (AHL)...Pitkanen returned to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury...Edmonton forwards Shawn Horcoff (leg) and Jean-Francois Jacques (back surgery) missed the game...The Oilers went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Carolina went 3-for-7 on the man advantage.