Hurricanes outlast Thrashers in overtime

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RALEIGH, N.C. --- Erik Cole scored at 2:48 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

The win allowed Carolina to tie Atlanta for eighth and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 58 points.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward stopped 34 shots and Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves.

SHARKS 2, BRUINS 0

In Boston, Logan Couture scored on one of only 18 shots for San Jose.

Devin Setoguchi added an empty-net goal with 2.1 seconds remaining and Antti Niemi got his third shutout of the season.

Canadiens 2, Rangers 0

In Montreal, Carey Price made 35 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Scott Gomez scored late in the second period, and the Canadiens extended New York's losing streak to four.

Price has nine career shutouts. He took the NHL lead with 26 wins as Montreal won its third in a row since the All-Star break.

DUCKS 3, AVALANCHE 0

In Denver, Corey Perry scored three goals and Curtis McElhinney stopped 25 shots for his second NHL shutout.

Peter Budaj made 26 saves for the Avalanche.

FLYERS 3, STARS 1

In Philadelphia, Andrej Meszaros and Darroll Powe each scored on long-distance wrist shots, and Brian Boucher stopped 29 shots to lead Philadelphia.

Jeff Carter added his 25th goal for the Flyers, who increased their Atlantic Division lead over Pittsburgh to three points.

BLUE JACKETS 4, OILERS 3

In Columbus, Ohio, R.J. Umberger scored twice and assisted on both of Kristian Huselius' goals, including the game-winning tally with 4 minutes left.

With Columbus trailing 3-2 and 6:16 left, Umberger tied it with a nifty move and a snap shot. He then fed Huselius on a 2-on-1 break, with Huselius tucking a wrist shot inside the near post and past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

SABRES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2

In Buffalo, N.Y., Drew Stafford scored twice and added an assist, Thomas Vanek had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves as Buffalo improved to 10-4-1 in its past 15 games.

ISLANDERS 5, SENATORS 3

In Uniondale, N.Y., Rob Schremp's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and lifted New York past Ottawa.

The teams split six goals in the first period, but Ottawa was shut down after that.

PENGUINS: The injury news is getting worse for Pittsburgh.

Evgeni Malkin -- who had just returned from a five-game absence -- tore two ligaments in his right knee in a game Friday night. It's not clear if he'll need surgery.


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