They managed just 10 shots in the first two periods. And when they got a scoring chance – like when Dustin Brown corralled a mishandled puck by Frantisek Kaberle along the boards for a breakaway chance – they couldn’t take advantage. “That’s why we’re in the predicament we’re in,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We’re learning how to be a good team. When you’re a good team, you find a way to scrap, fight and claw away at good teams. “Carolina played well. They didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We didn’t play a spirited enough game.” Hurricanes goalkeeper Cam Ward had a solid bounceback performance after allowing three goals on eight shots against Minnesota on Saturday before being pulled for John Grahame. He gave up only Frolov’s redirection goal on a power play and stopped a clear shot from Derek Armstrong to preserve the lead in the final seconds. “I felt sharp,” Ward said. “I thought the guys played extremely well in front of me. Anytime you allow 10 shots through 10 periods, that’s saying something about team defense. That being said, it could be tough to keep yourself mentally into it. But I did the best I could to stay sharp and be ready for any scoring chances.” Scott Walker scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Tanabe had two assists to lead the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory, giving Carolina a needed win as it enters a key stretch of the schedule. The Kings looked set for a good start when Carolina’s Justin Williams was given a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie Lundmark just 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed only one shot with the advantage, the beginning of an anemic offensive night. The Hurricanes led 1-0 when Rod Brind’Amour beat defenseman Rob Blake to the puck along the boards, then sent a pass from behind the net to Whitney for a short put-away with 1:10 left in the first. But the Kings tied it when Frolov deflected in a pass from Brent Sopel with the man advantage midway through the second period after Vasicek was called for roughing. The teams hadn’t met in Raleigh since Carolina’s 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 8, 2003. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RALEIGH, N.C. – Considering their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes know they can’t let any points get away if they want to defend their Stanley Cup title. On Tuesday night, that meant avoiding a letdown against the Kings, the Western Conference’s last-place team.