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CHICAGO - Ryan Johnson, Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane scored in a 4:32 span early in the third period to break open a tight game, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Friday night to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games.

Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell scored in the first period for surging Chicago, which led only 2-1 after 40 minutes. Toews has goals in four consecutive games, scoring six times and adding two assists in the span. He also stretched his points streak to eight games, with seven goals and seven assists during the run.

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Chris Campoli each had two assists to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks pull ahead of Los Angeles and Phoenix for fourth place alone in the tight Western Conference standings. Carolina fell into eighth place in the East, a point behind the New York Rangers.

Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes.

Chicago rookie Corey Crawford, making his 10th straight start, made 18 saves.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a power play with 24.9 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils continued their remarkable playoff push with a victory over Pittsburgh.

The goal was the second straight winner for the US$100-million man, his sixth in the last 12 games and his ninth of the season. New Jersey won for the 19th time in 23 games (19-2-2) and handed the injury ravaged Penguins their eighth loss in 10 games (2-5-3). The Devils are 12th in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind eighth-place Carolina in the race for a playoff spot.

Travis Zajac scored in regulation for the Devils and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves.

Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which continues to play without Sidney Crosby (concussion).

OTTAWA (AP)—Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist, Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov scored 12 seconds apart in the second period and New York beat Ottawa to end a three-game losing streak.

Vinny Prospal also scored to help New York move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Carolina and five behind sixth-place Montreal.

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his 11th consecutive start. The NHL leader with eight shutouts, he lost his bid for another 4:56 into the third on Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal.

CALGARY (AP)—Rene Bourque and Curtis Glencross scored power-play goals for Calgary in a 1:21 span in the second period with Columbus' Antoine Vermette serving a double-minor for high-sticking.

A night after Columbus' R.J. Umberger missed on a penalty shot in a loss in Edmonton, the Blue Jackets failed on two chances against Miikka Kiprusoff. Matt Calvert failed to score on the first attempt in the second period and Vermette missed with a chance to tie it midway through the third.

Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen scored first-period goals for Calgary, 14-3-3 in its last 20 games. The Flames jumped from a tie for seventh place to fifth alone in the Western Conference.

Kiprusoff made 37 saves. Glencross also had two assists.

Craig Rivet opened the scoring for Columbus in the first and Vermette tied it in the second before taking the costly penalty. Jan Hejda cut it to 3-2 early in the third.

Columbus has lost four straight, all on the road.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky completed his second three-goal game in the NHL on a power play with 3.8 seconds left in overtime, and Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal with 1:03 remaining in the third period in Anaheim's victory over Dallas.

Dan Ellis, who made 23 saves, kept the Ducks alive with an acrobatic glove save on a one-timer from short range by Trevor Daley at the end of a 2-on-1 break with Mike Ribeiro with 1 1/2 minutes left in OT. The Ducks were awarded the timely power play when Tom Wandell was sent off for hooking Ryan Getzlaf with 24.6 seconds left.

Getzlaf had three assists, one of them on Selanne's 400th goal with the Ducks and another on Visnovsky's 12th goal of the season. Visnovsky is the first defenceman in Ducks history to record a hat trick.

Jamie Benn triggered a three-goal second period for Dallas, Loui Eriksson scored his team-high 10th power-play goal, and Adam Burish added a goal.


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