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Skinner scores 2 to lead Hurricanes past Predators

Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) shoots the puck past Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis (4) and goalie Juuse Saros (74) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) shoots the puck past Nashville Predators' Ryan Ellis (4) and goalie Juuse Saros (74) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Jeff Skinner scored in each of the first two periods and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 Saturday night.

Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist while Jaccob Slavin had two assists for Carolina, which swept the two-game season series and snapped Nashville's three-game winning streak. Elias Lindholm scored a short-handed empty-netter with 25.6 seconds to go.

Carolina won the teams' other meeting, 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 5 in Nashville.

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Skinner had his fifth multi-goal game and sixth multi-point effort of the season.

Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, starting his second straight game, stopped 27 shots for his first two-game winning streak with Carolina. The Hurricanes improved to 4-0-2 in their last six games.

Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored for Nashville, and Juuse Saros had 33 saves.