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Tuesday, 18 December 2007 20:54
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 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Carolina's Scott Walker scored in overtime after the Hurricanes scored twice in the final 1:25 of regulation to give Carolina a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
With Carolina on the power play, Walker's deflection of Eric Staal's slap shot came 32.6 seconds before the game would have gone to a shootout and gave the Hurricanes their second straight win. The Hurricanes came up empty on their first seven power plays.
Carolina's Cory Stillman and Ray Whitney scored less than a minute apart at the end of the third. John Grahame made 34 saves for the Hurricanes.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Tomas Kaberle had Toronto's goals. It was the Maple Leafs' seventh overtime loss of the season, most in the NHL.
Ducks 2, Sharks 0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 20 saves in his first shutout of the season.
Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored in Giguere's 26th career shutout for the Ducks, who beat San Jose for the third time in four meetings this season.
Scott Niedermayer picked up an assist in his second game since returning to the Ducks, leading a strong defensive game to shut out the Sharks for the first time all season.
Two nights after Joe Thornton's shootout goal beat the Ducks in Anaheim, the clubs traded punches and hard checks in another entertaining chapter in one of the NHL's most competitive rivalries.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 14 shots for the Sharks, who have lost two of three straight key division games to fall out of first place.
Flames 3, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jarome Iginla scored his team-leading 24th goal and Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to help Calgary extend its winning streak to a season-best sixth in a row.
Adrian Aucoin and Alex Tanguay also scored for Calgary, which wrapped up a perfect six-game road trip to get one win shy of tying the franchise's longest road winning streak of seven, set in 1988. It's the team's longest winning streak away from home in nearly four years.
Kristian Huselius had two assists for the Flames, and Iginla extended his goal-scoring streak to five games.
Senators 3, Bruins 2
BOSTON (AP) - Jason Spezza scored a pair of goals to lead Ottawa to its sixth straight win, in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
Luke Richardson's goal broke a 1-1 tie midway into the second and Spezza scored his second goal on a power play in the third. The Senators made it last with an uncharacteristic, close-checking style.
Martin Gerber made 26 saves for Ottawa, which started its winning streak after losing a season-high seven consecutive games.
Chuck Kobasew scored his team-leading 13th goal for the Bruins. He has four of Boston's five goals in its three losses against Ottawa this season. The Bruins lost for just the second time in six games.
Stars 2, Oilers 1, SO
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Sergei Zubov scored the only goal in a shootout to give Dallas its fourth straight win.
Jeff Halpern had a goal for Dallas and Dustin Penner scored for Edmonton, which set a record by appearing in its fourth straight shootout.
The Stars have now won six of eight and 12 of their last 16. Edmonton's three-game winning streak came to an end.
Canucks 5, Devils 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Markus Naslund overcame the flu to score twice and Roberto Luongo returned from a rib injury to make 31 saves.
Ryan Kesler, Trevor Linden and defenseman Aaron Miller - with his first goal in more than four years - also scored for the Canucks, who had one win in five games after winning 11 of the previous 14.
Martin Brodeur finished with 19 saves for the Devils, who opened a rare Western Canada road trip with their third loss in five games. New Jersey is 2-3-1 since a nine-game winning streak. The Devils last visited Vancouver Dec. 29, 2001.
Wild 3, Predators 2
ST. PAUL (AP) - Marian Gaborik, Eric Belanger and Brian Rolston all scored in the third period to bring Minnesota back from two goals down and give coach Jacques Lemaire a victory in his 1,000th career game.
Nashville, which has lost four straight, led 2-0 after two periods on goals from Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont. The Predators controlled the play on both ends, but were run over by the Wild in the third.
Gaborik scored 41 seconds into the period, Belanger tied it six minutes later and Rolston scored the winner with just over a minute to go, chipping in a rebound over the right pad of Nashville goalie Dan Ellis.
Rangers 4, Penguins 0
NEW YORK (AP) - Scott Gomez scored twice and the New York Rangers held the Pittsburgh Penguins to five shots through two periods.
Henrik Lundqvist, back in goal after sitting out one game with the flu, needed to make only 18 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and 13th of his NHL career.
Martin Straka and Chris Drury each had a goal and assist, and Michal Rozsival set up three goals for New York, which was 1-4-1 in its previous six and allowed 24 goals in those losses.
Sidney Crosby was held without a point for the sixth time this season, but fourth in six games. He has only one goal in nine games.
Panthers 3, Canadiens 2
MONTREAL (AP) - Jozef Stumpel and Brett McLean scored first-period goals and Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves.
Stumpel scored his fifth goal of the season on a 2-on-1 with Panthers captain Olli Jokinen. Stephen Weiss also scored for Florida.
Andrei Markov scored to draw Montreal within 3-1, ending Vokoun's chance at a third shutout in six games.
Coyotes 3, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Peter Mueller scored at 6:25 of the third period to break a tie.
Mueller punched in a rebound during a wild goalmouth scramble after goaltender Marty Biron had turned away shots by Zbynek Michalek and Steven Reinprecht.
Keith Yandle and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored for the Coyotes, who were coming off back-to-back road wins over the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. Phoenix has won four of its last five games, all on the road.
Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards scored for the Flyers, who have a season-longest four-game losing streak.
Thrashers 6, Lightning 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Garnet Exelby, Mark Recchi and Slava Kozlov each scored first-period goals to help Atlanta end its four-game losing streak.
It was Tampa Bay's third straight loss and fifth in six games, and dropped the Lightning's road record to a league-worst 3-12-1.
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk, who had an assist, added his league-leading 27th goal in the third period.
Recchi, who has five goals, scored his third goal in four games since being claimed on waivers from Pittsburgh on Dec. 8.
 

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