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Friday's NHL Capsules

RALEIGH, N.C. - Jeff Halpern and Troy Brouwer scored 1:09 apart in the second period, and the Washington Capitals pulled away to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Friday night.

Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist for his first NHL points, Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist, John Carlson scored on a late power play and Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves.

Alex Ovechkin added two assists for Southeast Division-leading Washington, which improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight meetings with Carolina.

Anthony Stewart scored on a deflection and Cam Ward stopped 27 shots for the Hurricanes. They have lost five of seven but did not earn a point for just the third time in that span.

ST. LOUIS (AP)—T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist and David Backes got the go-ahead score early in the third period for the Blues.

The Blues have beaten the Canucks twice in nine days, both times with backup goalie Brian Elliott in the nets ahead of the slumping Jaroslav Halak.

Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, who lost 5-1 at Minnesota on Thursday night.

The Blues paid tribute to the Cardinals' World Series championship throughout the game, only their second at home in the last 10. Tony La Russa, Game 7 winner Chris Carpenter and MVP David Freese participated in a ceremonial puck drop, with Carpenter's son, Sam doing the honours.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Lightning star Steven Stamkos posted his fourth career hat trick, and Vincent Lecavalier scored at 4:06 in overtime.

Stamkos had three goals during a wild second period that featured each team scoring four times.

Lecavalier scored the game-winner from the low slot off a pass from Martin St. Louis, who finished with three assists.

Tampa Bay also got a goal from Brett Connolly. The Lightning have won four consecutive home games.

Patrick Sharp scored twice for the Blackhawks, who had won three straight. Marian Hossa and Daniel Carcillo also scored.

Canadiens 2, Senators 1

OTTAWA (AP)—Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the second period and Montreal earned its fourth consecutive victory.

Carey Price made 33 saves for the rested Canadiens, who had a six-day layoff before evening their record at 5-5-2 in the wake of the franchise's worst start in 70 years.

Cole scored his third goal 13:55 into the second. Kostitsyn made it 2-0 with his fourth three minutes later.

The Canadiens' streak, which includes back-to-back wins over Stanley Cup champion Boston, began after assistant coach Perry Pearn was fired before a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 26. Montreal's 1-5-2 start was its worst since 1941-42.

Zack Smith spoiled Price's shutout bid with a short-handed goal early in third.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves to lift the Sabres to the victory.

Enroth, making his third start of the season, was steady throughout to improve to 12-3-2 in his career. He had his scoreless string of 107:39 snapped when Alex Tanguay scored early in the third period.

Making his second straight appearance after relieving ineffective starter Ryan Miller in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia, Enroth's best saves came on consecutive chances from in tight by forwards Matt Stajan and Tom Kostopoulos with five minutes to go in the first period.

Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Sabres (7-5-0), who won for just the second time in their last six games.

Backup Henrik Karlsson, making his third start of the season, finished with 42 saves for Calgary (5-6-1).

DALLAS (AP)—Loui Eriksson scored his second goal of the night at 3:55 of overtime, leading the Stars to the victory.

Eriksson recorded hiseighth goal of the season when his centring pass deflected in off Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson, ending the game.

Matt Duchene put Colorado in front 6-5 when he completed his first career hat trick at 8:22 of the third period. Duchene's shot from the low slot glanced into the net off goaltender Kari Lehtonen's arm.

But Stephan Robidas' deflection with 4:10 left in the third tied it.

Vernon Fiddler, Sheldon Souray, Alex Goligoski and Eric Nystrom also scored for the Stars.

Daniel Winnik, Jay McClement and Paul Stastny had the Avalanche's other goals.


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