TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Dainius Zubrus tied a team record with four goals to help New Jersey win its season-high fourth straight game, 7-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
Zubrus, who entered with two goals this season, completed his four-goal effort in the third with a breakaway goal at 7:22 and on a shot from the slot with 5:22 left to play.
Mike Rupp, Zach Parise and Brian Gionta had the other New Jersey goals.
Radim Vrbata, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone scored for the Lightning, who are 1-1-2 under interim coach Rick Tocchet.
Lightning starting goalie Mike Smith didn't play due to an undisclosed lower-body injury, and was replaced by Olaf Kolzig. He received little support from his teammates and was replaced by Karri Ramo after the Devils went ahead 5-0 with 8:21 left in the second.
Predators 5, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jason Arnott and Shea Weber scored two goals apiece to help the Predators to an easy win over the Hurricanes.
ashville, which never trailed and had little trouble ending a two-game losing streak. Martin Erat had two assists, while Dan Ellis finished with 24 saves.
Nashville scored the game's first four goals and killed off a series of early Carolina power plays to take control. The Hurricanes tried to make it interesting with a pair of goals early in the final period, but Carolina couldn't recover from its awful start.
Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes. Chad LaRose also had a goal for Carolina.
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