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Skinner, Ward lead Hurricanes in game marred by Samsonov's injury

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Skinner, Ward lead Hurricanes in game marred by Samsonov's injury

Atlanta Thrashers center Alex Burmistrov (49) tries to recover the puck as he goes down next to Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) Author: The Hockey News

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Skinner, Ward lead Hurricanes in game marred by Samsonov's injury

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ATLANTA - Jeff Skinner scored 1:17 into the third period, Cam Ward made 32 saves and Carolina beat Atlanta 1-0 in a pre-season game Saturday night marred by an injury to the Hurricanes' Sergei Samsonov.

Samsonov was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was tripped by Thrashers defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on a rush and crashed into the end boards with 18:05 left in the game. The team said Samsonov was taken to a hospital for observation and that he had full feeling in all his extremities.

Skinner knocked a lose puck past Atlanta goalie Chris Mason after a shot by Erik Cole. Mason, signed by the Thrashers as a free agent in the off-season, made 28 saves.

Carolina improved to 2-2, and Atlanta dropped to 0-2.

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