Staal, Ward lead Hurricanes to 3rd straight win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cam Ward made 26 saves, and new captain Eric Staal scored his third goal in two games as the Carolina Hurricanes won their third straight by beating the New York Islanders 4-1 on Thursday night.

Matt Cullen, Stephane Yelle and Jussi Jokinen added goals for the surging Hurricanes, who have won four of five. Since replacing Rod Brind'Amour as captain on Jan. 21, Staal has eight goals in five games. He scored twice in a road win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Ward has only allowed three goals in his last three games.

Matt Moulson scored with 4:31 remaining to spoil Ward's shutout bid. Rick DiPietro made 19 saves for the Islanders, who have lost three consecutive games.