RALEIGH, N.C. – Dainius Zubrus scored goals in the first and third periods and the surging New Jersey Devils earned their season-best seventh straight victory by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday night.
The Devils, who are in a desperate fight to get into playoff contention after a miserable start, are 10 points behind the eighth-place Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference race. New Jersey beat Carolina for the third time in 12 days.
The Hurricanes remained four points ahead of Buffalo and Atlanta.
Henrik Tallinder and Brian Rolston also had first-period goals, and Patrik Elias had three assists for the 13-place Devils (25-30-4), 15-1-2 in their past 18 games. Ilya Kovalchuk added an assist to stretch his point streak to 10 games (seven goals, five assists), but his four-game goal streak was snapped.
Patrick Dwyer scored for Carolina in the third period to deny Johan Hedberg a chance at consecutive shutouts on back-to-back nights.
VANCOUVER (AP)—Daniel Sedin scored twice and added an assist to take over the NHL scoring lead and lift the Vancouver Canucks to a win over the slumping Dallas Stars.
Sedin opened the scoring on a sharp-angle shot, and added his 32nd goal of the season 7:39 into the third period to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead.
Dallas captain Brenden Morrow cut into the lead with 6:27 left, but Daniel set up twin brother, Henrik, on a three-on-one just over 2 minutes later.
That gave Daniel Sedin 77 points, two more that Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead.
EDMONTON (AP)—Edmonton rookie Taylor Hall scored three power-play goals in the third period for his first NHL hat trick, and the Oilers rallied to beat Atlanta.
Edmonton trailed 3-1 in the third, but stormed back to post its first three-game winning streak at home since last March. Magnus Paajarvi and Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers (19-32-8).
Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane had goals for the Thrashers, who have dropped five straight road games during a stretch in which they have lost seven of eight and 14 of 17 overall.
TORONTO (AP)—Craig Anderson stopped 47 shots through overtime in his Senators debut and was also perfect in the shootout as Ottawa outlasted Toronto.
Anderson, acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Friday for goalie Brian Elliott, made a tremendous pad stop on Phil Kessel in overtime to send the game to a shootout.
Jason Spezza beat rookie Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer with a hard shot off the crossbar in the tiebreaker to give the Senators their first win after regulation this season.
With Carolina and Atlanta both losing on Saturday, Toronto gained little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Maple Leafs are seven points back of eighth-place Carolina.
The Senators (19-31-9) won for just the second time in 15 games.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Al Montoya made 35 saves in his first NHL start in nearly two years, and Matt Moulson scored twice against his brother-in-law, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick, in the New York Islanders’ victory.
Frans Nielsen also scored for New York, which has won six of the 10 games it has played in February.
Montoya was sharp, making 28 saves in the final two periods, for his second career shutout in his first start in the NHL since April 9, 2009, while with Phoenix.
Los Angeles lost in regulation for the first time in nine games (5-1-3) during its 10-game road trip, which concludes Wednesday at Anaheim.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Keith Yandle and Taylor Pyatt scored 58 seconds apart in the second period to lead Phoenix over Nashville.
Lauri Korpikoski also scored for Phoenix, which tied a season high by winning its seventh straight.
Sergei Kostitsyn and Shea Weber had goals for Nashville, but it wasn’t enough to give the Predators their fourth win in five games.
After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes struck twice early in the second.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Mike Santorelli scored the tying goal with 3 minutes left in the third period and added the lone shootout goal to lead Florida past Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay.
David Booth also scored for Florida, and backup Scott Clemmensen stopped 34 shots in regulation and all three he faced during the shootout. The Panthers have played 35 one-goal games (15-13-7) this season, including 17 of their last 19 contests.
Marc-Andre Bergeron and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row and are 5-4-1 during a 12-game homestand.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Chris Stewart made a two-goal debut, and St. Louis, energized by a pair of high-profile trades, just missed a franchise record with two goals in a seven-second span of the first period in a rout of Anaheim.
T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, playing a hand in both goals of the quick flurry that erased a two-goal deficit. It sparked a season best for scoring by three goals for a franchise that entered 13th in the Western Conference and eight points out of the final playoff spot.
The franchise record is two goals in 6 seconds, also against the Ducks on Oct. 11, 2010 at home.
Stewart was the fifth player in franchise history to score twice in his debut, getting his 14th and 15th after totalling two goals in his last 14 games with Colorado.
Teemu Selanne scored his 19th for Anaheim before getting a game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second period. Jarkko Ruutu and Ryan Getzlaf also scored.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Devin Setoguchi recorded his first career hat trick and Ian White recorded a point in his first game with San Jose as the Sharks beat Colorado.
The Avalanche are winless in 10.
Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who have worked themselves back into the playoff picture by winning their eighth in 10 games.
White, the newly acquired defenceman from Carolina and playing for his third team this season, assisted on Setoguchi’s second goal.
Antii Niemi made 25 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and the 12th of his career.