Ward gets 200th career win as Hurricanes top Blues

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Chad LaRose and Jeff Skinner scored, Cam Ward recorded his 200th NHL victory and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on Thursday night.

It was the 20th career shutout for Ward, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2006 when Carolina won the Stanley Cup. He made 40 saves in his fourth shutout of the season.

Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots for St. Louis, which is 13-2-2 against the Eastern Conference.

The Blues had won the teams' other meeting this season, 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 21.

St. Louis' Andy McDonald left the game late in the second after falling and hitting his right shoulder on the boards in a collision with Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu.