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Jan 8, 2010 9:58 PM

'Canes claim fight-filled 2-1 win over Avs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ray Whitney scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes claimed a chippy 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Cam Ward finished with 29 saves and took a bid for his 13th career shutout into the final minute, and Matt Cullen added two assists. The NHL's worst team has won three of five.

Brandon Yip scored with 15.5 seconds left, and Peter Budaj made 18 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost two straight in regulation for the first time since mid-November.

The teams combined for 58 penalty minutes, with the violence starting early when Colorado's Darcy Tucker and Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu traded punches - apparently retaliating for Ruutu's hit on Tucker in the teams' last meeting. On Oct. 23, Ruutu sent Tucker into the boards and, eventually, off the ice on a backboard, leaving behind a pool of blood on the ice.

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