After a botched play in the neutral zone while shorthanded and a Daniel Paille  turnover, the Hurricanes had no difficulty regaining possession and setting up Jeff Skinner’s seventh goal of the season, to make it 1-0 after a period of play.
Skinner was chosen seventh overall in June’s draft and leads all rookies in scoring.
Nathan Horton  had perhaps the best scoring opportunity of the period, as he gathered a Zdeno Chara  shot off the boards, but was unable to put it past Ward, who was caught out of position. The Hurricanes goaltender came up big on a number of other plays, notably a high blast from Andrew Ference  through traffic and stops on point-blank wristers from Milan Lucic  and Michael Ryder .
Tim Thomas  wasn’t quite as busy, as he saw only six shots in the period. The goal came with 15.8 seconds left in the period, and in the midst of a power play caused by a Blake Wheeler  holding call. The B’s put 12 on Ward.