Matt Beleskey's 2-point night helps Ducks beat Hurricanes 2-1

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Anaheim Ducks' Mike Brown (18) skates past Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin, of Russia, to take a shot at goalie Cam Ward (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)


Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) battles with Anaheim Ducks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)


RALEIGH, North Carolina — All the Anaheim Ducks needed to get out of their slump was a couple of unaesthetic goals.

Matt Beleskey set up one of them, then scored the other.

Beleskey had the go-ahead goal and an assist and the Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Thursday night.

"I think when you're in, I don't know if it's a slump, but that kind of slump for a team, that's what you've got to get," Beleskey said. "You've got to go to the net and just whack it."

Francois Beauchemin and Beleskey scored 2:52 apart in the second period to help the Pacific Division leaders improve to 24-0-7 in one-goal games.

Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal for Carolina, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

In his first start since Oct. 30, John Gibson made 35 saves for Anaheim. Gibson has missed much of the season because of an injury.

Cam Ward stopped 15 shots for the Hurricanes.

The Ducks gave up five goals on 23 shots at Tampa Bay on Sunday, then allowed six goals on 26 shots two nights later at Florida.

On Thursday, Carolina outshot Anaheim 36-17 but struggled to get anything past Gibson.

"When there was a rebound, the team helped me out and cleared it out," Gibson said. "It was a team effort. As the game went along, I got more comfortable."

Recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Tuesday, Gibson stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period and kept Carolina scoreless during a 6-on-4 for the final 32.3 seconds.

"A false sense of security offensively," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "I didn't think we were dangerous. I didn't think we were on the inside, especially in the third. I just looked at all our chances and there isn't a Grade-A in the third. So that's disappointing."

Beauchemin tied it at 1 at 14:38 of the second by scoring into an open net after Ward went on his knees away from the net to stop Corey Perry. Beleskey then put the Ducks ahead to stay at 17:30 of second when he poked the puck off Victor Rask's stick and past Ward.

"We got two greasy goals," Beleskey said, "and away we went."

The scoring didn't come quite as frequently as they did during the teams' previous meeting — a 5-4 overtime win for the Ducks nine nights earlier in Anaheim.

The Ducks entered having allowed 16 goals during the first four games of their Eastern road trip. Carolina had scored at least three goals in eight of its past 12 games.

Neither team could manage anything until Skinner caught a break on a second-period power play.

Rask drew a slashing call on Hampus Lindholm, and 31 seconds into the penalty, Skinner let a wrist shot fly that appeared to deflect off Gibson and flutter behind the goalie at 9:40.

But that was it for Carolina, while the Ducks went to work scratching out their two goals.

"They didn't have to score any more goals," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "They just made it a simple game and we weren't able to scrape one there at the end."

NOTES: Beleskey also rang the post during a third-period power play. ... Carolina D Tim Gleason and Anaheim RW Tim Jackman dropped the gloves a few minutes after Skinner's goal. ... A pregame moment of silence was held for the three victims of a shooting earlier this week in nearby Chapel Hill.


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