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The last time the Carolina Hurricanes had a month like this, a rare playoff appearance soon followed.
The Hurricanes capped their first 10-win month since 2009 by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C. Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Alexander Semin added an empty-netter with 1:04 left and Nathan Gerbe scored on an early power play.
Opening a four-game homestand that precedes the Olympic break, Carolina earned its fifth win in six games while staying in the mix in the crowded Metropolitan Division.