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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Curtis Joseph made 29 saves in his second straight shutout and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Thursday night.

Yanic Perreault and Ed Jovanovski each scored to lead the Coyotes to their season-best fourth straight win.

It was the 49th shutout and the 438th victory of Joseph's 17-year career. He surpassed Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's career wins list, and followed his 8-0 victory over San Jose last week with another perfect performance.

Next up for CuJo: Terry Sawchuk, who's fourth with 447 wins.

Cam Ward stopped 26 shots for the Hurricanes, who were shut out for the second consecutive game and sixth time this season, at times drawing boos from the RBC Center crowd when they couldn't manage a shot on goal during a third-period power play.

The defending Stanley Cup champions also have followed their season-best five-game winning streak with losses in four of their last five.

Carolina lost its fourth straight to the Coyotes and hasn't defeated Phoenix since Nov. 12, 2002. The Coyotes' last visit to Tobacco Road came exactly three years earlier, when they beat the Hurricanes 3-0 on Jan. 4, 2004.

Perreault put Phoenix up 1-0 in the opening moments of the first period. Oleg Saprykin chased down the puck in the corner and passed near the goal to Perreault, who beat Ward with a backhand to his glove side for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.

Jovanovski made it a two-goal game 26 seconds into the second when a rebound bounced to him behind the left circle and he one-timed it off Carolina left wing Erik Cole's stick and past Ward.

The Hurricanes were missing defenseman Bret Hedican and left wing Cory Stillman, who were scratched. Stillman sat out with an upper-body injury, while Hedican is having surgery on the ring finger on his left hadn and is expected to miss up to four weeks.

Notes: Carolina alternate captain Kevyn Adams (staph infection) also was scratched. In his place, LW Ray Whitney wore the "A" on his sweater. ... The Coyotes played their first game since trading C Mike Comrie to Ottawa for suspended Russian prospect Alexei Kaigorodov. ... Perreault extended his points streak to five games and has 21 points in 27 games with the Coyotes. ... Slumping Carolina C Eric Staal has gone nine games without scoring a goal and has just one in his last 15. ... The Coyotes improved to 2-0 on their season-long five-game road swing.
 
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