Originally created 01/18/06

Eight is great for Hurricanes



PHILADELPHIA - Rod Brind'Amour scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to their eighth victory in a row, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Erik Cole's breakaway goal for Carolina with 3:58 left in regulation sent it to overtime as the Flyers twice wasted two-goal leads in the third period.

Matt Cullen and Oleg Tverdovsky also scored in regulation to help the Hurricanes move past Ottawa for the NHL lead with 66 points. The Flyers are two points behind.

Ray Whitney and Cullen also beat Antero Niittymaki in the shootout, and Martin Gerber stopped Jeff Carter to win it.

The Hurricanes haven't lost since the Flyers beat them 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 29. Carolina's last loss in regulation was at Ottawa on Dec. 28.

Carter, Kim Johnsson and Freddy Meyer scored goals for Philadelphia, which has lost three consecutive games. It was the Flyers' second game since returning from an 11-game road trip in which they went 8-2-1, setting an NHL record for most points (17) during a stretch of games away from home.

The loss could be costly for Phila- delphia because Peter Forsberg, the team's leading scorer with 60 points, left the game with a mild groin strain after playing two periods.

BLUES: St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer will get a second opinion on a dislocated left shoulder that could require surgery, the team said.

Brewer was injured in a collision with Atlanta's Karl Stewart in the second period Friday night. General manager Larry Pleau said he'd have more to say after the team had a chance to consider the diagnosis from the second opinion.

"We're trying to gather the information," Pleau said. "At that time, we'll know what his options are and we'll make a decision."

Brewer was acquired from the Oilers in a trade for star defenseman Chris Pronger before the season. In 32 games, he has six goals and three assists and his minus-17 rating is second-worst on the team.