Hurricanes top Predators for 4th consecutive win

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CAROLINA 2, NASHVILLE 1

Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (left) battles with Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque. Carolina beat Nashville 2-1 on Sunday, lifting them to their season-high fourth win in a row.   KARL B. DEBLAKER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KARL B. DEBLAKER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (left) battles with Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque. Carolina beat Nashville 2-1 on Sunday, lifting them to their season-high fourth win in a row.

In Raleigh, N.C., Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner scored and Anton Khudobin made 31 saves to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to their season-high fourth win in a row, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

The Hurricanes, who played without injured captain Eric Staal, took a 1-0 lead on Semin’s goal 4:28 into the game. Carolina went ahead for good when Skinner scored with 3:31 left.

Staal sat out after he sustained a lower-body injury Saturday night in a win at the New York Islanders.

SAN JOSE 3, CHICAGO 2

In Chicago, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in a shootout, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night for their first victory in Chicago in three years.

EDMONTON 5, TAMPA BAY 3

In Edmonton, Alberta, Jordan Eberle scored two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. It was the Oilers’ first win against a team above the playoff cutline in a month.

ANAHEIM 4, VANCOUVER 3 (OT)

In Anaheim, Calif., Corey Perry scored his league-leading eighth game-winning goal of the season with 0.6 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-brhind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

PITTSBURGH 6, WINNIPEG 5

In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored twice in his return from injury and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets. James Neal added two goals for Pittsburgh, which matched a club record by winning its 12th consecutive home game.

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