Quick hat trick lifts 'Canes

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RALEIGH, N.C. --- Cory Stillman scored a hat trick just 11:28 into the game as part of a four-point effort to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night.

Eric Staal added two goals and Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen had two assists for the Hurricanes, who improved to 5-1-1 at home. Cam Ward made 35 saves for the Southeast Division-leaders.

Washington fell to 2-9-0 in its past 11 games.

PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 0

In Newark, N.J., Sidney Crosby scored twice and Dany Sabourin made 20 saves for his first shutout.

Adam Hall, Petr Sykora and Erik Christensen also scored for Pittsburgh. Crosby has nine goals this season, and leads the NHL with 12 points on the power play, including his first-period goal.

RANGERS 2, FLYERS 0

In New York, Henrik Lundqvist earned his fourth shutout of the young season, stopping 30 shots, and Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan scored.

PANTHERS 4, LIGHTNING 3

In Sunrise, Fla., David Booth scored with 1:19 left in the third period as Florida kept Tampa Bay winless on the road.

The Lightning, who have lost six in a row overall, are off to a franchise-worst 0-7 start on the road.

AVALANCHE 4, FLAMES 1

In Denver, Paul Stastny scored two goals and Wojtek Wolski added a goal and two assists to help Colorado.

Milan Hejduk had three assists for Colorado, which has beaten the Flames seven games in a row dating back to the 2006-07 season.

CANADIENS 2, SABRES 2

In Montreal, Cristobal Huet made 29 saves for his first shutout in nearly a year and Tomas Plekanec scored in the second period to lift Montreal.

WILD 5, OILERS 2

In St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom kept up his mastery of Edmonton with 22 saves, and Mark Parrish scored twice for Minnesota.


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