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Weekes nearly earns shutout for Carolina

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published October 20, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour scored a short-handed goal less than six minutes in and Kevin Weekes stopped 26 shots as the Hurricanes beat the Devils 3-1 Saturday night.

New Jersey failed in its chance to start 4-0 for the first time since 1993-94, going 1-for-7 on the power play to run its NHL-worst mark with the man advantage to 2-for-28.

Weekes, who started the past three games in place of the slumping Arturs Irbe, came within 52.3 seconds of getting his ninth shutout and first in the regular season for Carolina since being acquired from Tampa Bay in March. Brian Gionta scored on a rebound in the final seconds to spoil the bid.

Weekes gained star status last season when he beat the Devils 1-0 in Game 6 to clinch Carolina's first-round playoff series.

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AVALANCHE 3, SHARKS 1: Serge Aubin scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:35 left to lift visiting Colorado. Aubin's goal, his first of the season, was set up by Peter Forsberg, who tied it at 1 in the second period.

RED WINGS 5, WILD 3: Darren McCarty scored two goals as Detroit ended Minnesota's unbeaten streak at four. The announced crowd was 19,344, largest to attend a hockey game in Minnesota.

BLUES 5, STARS 3: Doug Weight scored two power-play goals in the third period for host St. Louis, which outshot Dallas 27-26 and has outshot opponents in all five games this season. ... Blues captain Chris Pronger is scheduled for a third operation on his left wrist Monday.

FLAMES 5, BLACKHAWKS 2: Chris Drury had two goals and an assist for visiting Calgary. Drury scored his first with the team with 3:40 remaining in the first period.

FLYERS 3, CAPITALS 1: John LeClair and Simon Gagne scored 1:39 apart in the second period to lead host Philadelphia (3-0-2).

COYOTES 3, SABRES 2: Tony Amonte's first goal of the season and first in a Phoenix uniform helped the visiting team snap a two-game losing streak.

BLUE JACKETS 4, PANTHERS 1: Andrew Cassels scored his first goal in a Columbus uniform and added two assists. Viktor Kozlov, tied for Florida's lead with five points, sat out the game in Columbus with a rib injury. ... Defenseman Derrick Walser and right wing Andrej Nedorost were recalled by the Blue Jackets from AHL Syracuse.

PREDATORS 2, RANGERS 2: Scottie Upshall scored a breakaway goal late in the second period for visiting Nashville, which has not won.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, CANADIENS 2: Tomas Kaberle scored a short-handed goal with 8:15 left in the third period for visiting Toronto.

ISLANDERS 5, THRASHERS 4: Jason Wiemer and Claude Lapointe scored third-period goals as visiting New York extended its unbeaten streak to three.

KINGS: Right wing Ziggy Palffy was placed on the injured reserve because of a groin strain, and center Derek Armstrong was recalled from AHL Manchester.

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