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Canucks set franchise record by beating Hurricanes

©Associated Press
November 28, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- You don't win a franchise record eight consecutive games without getting some breaks. Vancouver seem to get all the bounces Wednesday.

The Canucks scored two fluke goals, and Daniel Sedin added the winner with 11:15 left for a 3-2 victory against the Hurricanes.

Brent Sopel's shot from the point midway through the third hit several players before Sedin found it and slapped it past Arturs Irbe for the winner.

Vancouver's power play was clicking at a 26.5 percent clip in its past 10 games but was 0-for-7. Still, it broke the previous win streak of seven set in February 1989.

Dan Cloutier was clutch in net during the final six minutes for Vancouver, notching his league-leading 13th win as the Canucks improved to 10-1 in November.

"We have worked hard to get the breaks, so we deserve this, too," Sedin said. "Cloutier has been playing great and giving us a chance to win.'

Cloutier stopped 32 of 34 shots, including several on Jeff O'Neill during the final four minutes.

Irbe, trying to win for the first time at home since Game 2 of last season's East final, misplayed a 45-foot shot by Ed Jovanovski.

"Things like that don't happen very often," said Irbe, the team's former No.1 goalie who played just his fifth game. "I let the team down. It cost us the game."

PENGUINS 7, FLYERS 2: Jan Hrdina scored one goal and set up two others, and Mario Lemieux had four assists for host Pittsburgh, which moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Atlantic.

Philadelphia lost left wing John LeClair to a dislocated right shoulder during the first period.

LeClair, who has 11 goals and 17 points in 21 games, is out indefinitely after colliding with Pittsburgh's Marc Bergevin and falling awkwardly into the left wing corner of the Penguins zone with 6:16 left.

WINGS 3, DEVILS 2 (OT): Kris Draper scored 1:55 into overtime, just more than a minute after New Jersey had a goal disallowed, for host Detroit.

It appeared John Madden gave New Jersey a victory 28 seconds into overtime, but a pass was directed into the net by Madden's skate and was waved off after officials looked at a video replay.

Draper, in front of the net, picked up a bouncing puck that got away from Martin Brodeur and flipped a high shot in.

Brett Hull tied it during a power play with 6:17 left in the second with a one-timed slap shot.

STARS 5, WILD 0: Mike Modano and Ulf Dahlen scored power-play goals as Dallas stayed unbeaten at home in regulation.

Marty Turco stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Stars, who outshot the Wild 43-18, move to 9-0-0-1 in Dallas this season.

OILERS 3, JACKETS 1: Ryan Smyth scored two goals 19 seconds apart during the first period for visiting Edmonton.

Smyth was called for hooking 22 seconds into the game. But just 11 seconds after he came back, he scored on a breakaway off a pass from Mike York.

Then from a scrum on the right wing, Anson Carter dug out the puck and slid a pass through the slot that Smyth redirected past Marc Denis.

PREDATORS 4, SHARKS 2: Andreas Johansson had a hat trick, scoring twice on the power play, and added an assist for host Nashville, which won its third game.

Andy Delmore gave Nashville a 3-2 lead 6:05 into the third on the power play, firing the rebound of a shot by Kimmo Timonen. Johansson completed the hat trick with 1:13 left when David Legwand hit him with a pass in the slot.

CAPITALS 4, FLAMES 2: Michael Nylander had a goal and three assists for host Washington. He has five assists and six points in the past two games.

Sergei Gonchar firing a slap shot past Roman Turek 3:01 into the second for a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Nylander burst up the left wing and made a cross-ice pass to the trailing Gonchar, who one-timed a shot past Turek.

AVALANCHE 4, BLUES 4: Mike Keane scored the tying goal in the third and Joe Sakic had a goal and two assists for host Colorado.

The Blues took a 4-3 lead early in the third on goals by Bryce Salvador and Cory Stillman. But Sakic set up Keane's wrist shot from the middle of the right circle to tie it 7:31 in.

SENATORS 2, ISLANDERS 2: Radek Bonk's power-play goal during the third period helped Ottawa extend its unbeaten streak at New York to 15.

Magnus Arvedson also scored for the Senators, who haven't lost in 15 games on Long Island (10-0-5), dating to a 5-4 defeat on Jan.6, 1996. The Senators have lost to the Islanders only once in the past 27 meetings (19-1-7).

CAPITALS: Jaromir Jagr was scratched Wednesday because of a groin strain. Washington already was without forward Peter Bondra, who was placed on the injured list Wednesday, retroactive to Nov.21, because of lingering back spasms.

Jagr, the Capitals' leading scorer with 24 points, played in the first 22 games but aggravated his injured groin Tuesday.

SUSPENSIONS: Phoenix's Todd Simpson will miss three games for high sticking Dallas' Rob DiMaio with 1:06 left Monday. He received a match penalty.

Toronto's Wade Belak will be out for two games for elbowing Washington's Brendan Witt on Tuesday. He received a major penalty.

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