Skinner leads Hurricanes to 2-1 win over Kings

Jeff Skinner scored 3:02 into the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Jiri Tlutsy also scored and Cam Ward made 24 saves for the Hurricanes, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 home games as they try to work their way up from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Anze Kopitar scored for Los Angeles and Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves.

The Kings have lost two in a row.

With the score tied at 1, Skinner worked hard on the forecheck deep in the Los Angeles zone. He eventually freed the puck and got it back to Jussi Jokinen, whose wrist shot was stopped by Bernier. Skinner pounced on the rebound before Bernier could freeze the puck and shot it into the open net.

It was Skinner's third goal in his last five games.

Los Angeles opened the scoring when Kopitar one-timed a shot from the slot past Ward. Justin Williams set Kopitar up with a nice pass from the corner.

Carolina tied the score late in the second when Tlutsy blocked a shot at the Carolina blue line. The puck deflected back into the Kings' zone, and Tlutsy managed to corral it along the right boards. He skated forward and beat Bernier with a wrist shot from the right circle.

The comeback win was a rarity for the Hurricanes, who entered the game with a 1-13-0 record when trailing after the first period.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, was 9-0-1 when leading after the first.

The Kings are in the midst of six-game road trip. Los Angeles, which entered the game in seventh place in the West, lost 1-0 to St. Louis on Friday.

The last time Los Angeles played in Carolina was on Nov. 11, 2009.

Ward has played especially well during the Hurricanes' surge at home. Coming into the game, he had posted a 1.88 goals-against average over the previous 10 home games.

NOTES: Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter is the uncle of Carolina's Brandon Sutter. ... The Kings didn't get into Raleigh until early Saturday morning after their game in St. Louis. ... Williams was a member of the Hurricanes when they won the Stanley Cup in 2006.