TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Skinner scored two goals, Cam Ward made 36 saves in his 199th NHL win, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Saturday night.
Skinner gave Carolina a 3-2 lead when he skated around the net and scored from a tough angle at 6:37 of the third period. Chad LaRose added an empty-net goal.
Ward stopped all 18 shots he faced in the second period. He made two strong saves on NHL goals leader Steven Stamkos, including a spinning shot by the center from the low left circle.
Jaroslav Spacek also scored and Jussi Jokinen had two assists for the Hurricanes.
The Lightning, who started a seven-game homestand, got goals from Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson.
Tampa Bay dropped five points behind eighth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Carolina trails the Capitals by seven points
The Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead 12:29 in when Skinner beat rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski with a nifty redirection from just outside the crease off a...