RALEIGH, N.C. – Jeff Carter had his second career hat trick, scoring three goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-1 on Thursday night.
Danny Briere scored two goals, Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Zherdev and Mike Richards also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers.
They led 3-0 less than 2 minutes into the second period and cruised to their seventh win in eight games and their eighth straight over the Hurricanes.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots for Philadelphia.
Chad LaRose scored for Carolina, but Cam Ward allowed four goals and stopped only nine shots before he was pulled in the second period. Justin Peters finished, also making nine saves and giving up four goals.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Alexander Semin scored three third-period goals and added two assists, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Washington won its sixth straight game.
With the score tied 2-2, Semin converted on a power play with 15:27 left, knuckling a shot from between the circles past goalie Dan Ellis. With 9:14 remaining, Semin one-timed a pass from Nicklas Backstrom pass for his team-high 11th goal and a two-goal lead. Semin added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds remaining.
Tom Poti and Mike Knuble also scored for Washington. Backstrom had four assists.
Steven Stamkos, the NHL’s scoring leader, had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone also scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost three of four.
ATLANTA (AP)—Ondrej Pavelec won for the first time since collapsing early in the season opener, making 32 saves in Atlanta’s victory over Minnesota.
Pavelec collapsed two minutes into the Thrashers’ opener Oct. 8 against Washington and sustained a concussion when the back of his head hit the ice. He missed more than two weeks and lost once in regulation and twice in shootouts before beating the Wild.
Andrew Ladd and Fredrik Modin each had a goal and an assist to help the Thrashers end a three-game losing streak and snap Minnesota’s winning streak at three games.
Ben Eager, Jim Slater and Nik Antropov also scored for the Thrashers, and Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom each had two assists. Antti Miettinen scored a power-play goal for the Wild.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Justin Williams scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 13:09 to play, Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and Los Angeles matched the best home start in franchise history.
Captain Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson also scored for the Western Conference-leading Kings, who improved to 7-0-0 at Staples Center with a fight-filled win over their Pacific Division rival.
With five straight wins overall, Los Angeles (11-3-0) has 22 points in 14 games, matching the best start in club history during the 1974-75 season.
Jamie Benn scored for Dallas.
NEW YORK (AP)—Artem Anisimov scored his second goal of the game 1:32 into overtime to lift New York.
Anisimov forced a turnover in the Buffalo zone, and eventually found a loose puck in the slot for a shot past Buffalo backup goalie Jhonas Enroth.
Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and assist, and Martin Biron made 29 saves as a late replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, who was forced to sit out after becoming sick during the day. New York got top scorer Marian Gaborik back in the lineup after he missed 12 games due to a separated shoulder.
Tyler Ennis and Mike Grier scored for Buffalo.
BOSTON (AP)—Rookie defenceman P.K. Subban scored his first NHL regular-season goal, and Carey Price stopped 34 shots to lead Montreal.
Tuukka Rask continued his hard-luck season, losing for the fifth time in five appearances despite making 38 saves. The Bruins have lost three of their last four after opening the season with seven wins in their first nine games.
Former Boston College star Brian Gionta also scored for Montreal, and Scott Gomez made it 3-1 midway through the third period. Montreal has won four in a row in Boston.
The Canadiens, who lost nine straight games to the Bruins—including playoffs—in 2008-09, have now won six of the last seven against their Original Six rival. Price, who shut out the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, has allowed six goals in the last four games.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Marcel Goc scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift Nashville past St. Louis and snap a five-game losing streak.
Goc deked to the backhand, pulled the puck back to his forehand and beat Jaroslav Halak.
Cal O’Reilly also scored in the shootout for the Predators, Cal O’Reilly and J.P. Dumont connected in regulation and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots.
The Blues, who have dropped two straight after winning seven in a row, got a shootout goal from Matt D’Agostini and regulation goals from D’Agostini and David Backes. Halak stopped 24 shots.
St. Louis, playing without six injured regulars, dropped to 6-0-1 at home this season with the loss that snapped a 12-game winning streak on home ice.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Dan Boyle scored the tying goal on a second-period power play and added the shootout clincher for San Jose.
Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves to help the Sharks record a point for the fifth straight home game.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 37 shots and P.J. Parenteau scored for the Islanders. They lost for the ninth straight game, but did earn a point for the first time since Oct. 21.
Roloson was spectacular throughout the contest, but the 41-year-old goalie couldn’t stop Logan Couture’s opening shootout goal, while Niittymaki stopped both attempts he faced. Boyle then ended the game with his goal in the third round of the tiebreaker.
OTTAWA (AP)—Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows each had a goal and an assist, and linemate Henrik Sedin also had two points to help Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault reach 300 career victories.
Vancouver’s top line produced Daniel Sedin’s 10th goal 33 seconds into the game. The trio combined efforts once again, 22 seconds into the third on Burrows’ first goal of the season.
Ryan Kesler scored his second goal of the game 49 seconds later to put the Canucks up 4-1 at 1:11. Tanner Glass and Mario Bliznak also scored in Vancouver’s four-goal third. Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for the Canucks, who ended a six-game winning streak Tuesday with a 2-0 loss in Montreal.
Peter Regin and Sergei Gonchar scored for Ottawa.
DETROIT (AP)—Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom each scored twice for Detroit.
Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist, Johan Franzen also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
Dustin Penner and Theo Peckham scored for Edmonton, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots.