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Carolina wins, takes over first

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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 1, 2002


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Erik Cole scored two second-period goals and Carolina held on to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 Saturday night.

The defending Eastern Conference champion Hurricanes moved into first place in the Southeast Division, one point ahead of the idle Lightning. Columbus has lost four of five.

Carolina's Jesse Boulerice one-timed Craig MacDonald's feed from behind the net over the glove of goaltender Marc Denis at 6:13 of the first period to make it 1-0.

The Hurricanes scored twice in the second period behind five power plays -- including a two-man advantage for 17 seconds and a double minor, and outshot Columbus 20-8.

Columbus forward Geoff Sanderson tried to skate away with the puck but had it poke-checked into the slot. Denis stopped Cole's first shot but his second attempt sneaked between Denis' pads for a power-play goal at 3:02.

He made it 3-0 when his hard-angle shot from the corner got between Denis' pads just 10 seconds after Carolina's power play expired. Cole has eight goals this season.

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CANUCKS 5, PANTHERS 2: Matt Cooke scored a short-handed goal, and visiting Vancouver added three power-play tallies to stretch its franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.

Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Sami Salo each scored a power-play goal for the Canucks, who led 3-1 after the first period. Brendan Morrison also scored, and Dan Cloutier (14-5-3) made 29 saves to earn his first career win against Florida (1-3-1).

Vancouver hasn't lost since Nov. 6 at Dallas.

Florida goalie Jani Hurme was pulled after he allowed the three first-period goals on just 10 shots.

BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 2: Joe Thornton scored twice and linemate Sergei Samsonov, returning to the Boston lineup after missing 18 games, added a third-period goal to fuel the visiting team.

The game matched the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Northeast Division-leading Bruins are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games, while the loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins.

FLYERS 2, CANADIENS 1 (OT): Justin Williams scored on a breakaway with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give visiting Philadelphia the win.

Williams stripped the puck from defenseman Patrice Brisebois at the Flyers' blue line and moved in on goalie Jeff Hackett, who had stopped 37 of 38 shots to that point.

Brisebois, in pursuit, tripped Williams but the right wing managed to flip the puck past Hackett from the seat of his pants. His teammates streamed off the bench to celebrate their second win in 11 games (2-5-4).

Michal Handzus drew Philadelphia even at 1 when he scored his seventh -- and first since Oct. 31 -- at 9:54 of the second period.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, SABRES 1: Alexander Mogilny had a goal and two assists to lead host Toronto. Mats Sundin and Robert Svehla also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won of seven of nine to reach .500 (11-11-2).

Goalie Ed Belfour had another strong game, turning aside 19 shots. He has allowed just 14 goals in his last nine games, and had shutouts in three of the previous five games.

SENATORS 4, ISLANDERS 2: Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist to extend his club-record point streak to 13 games and lead host Ottawa to its 10th straight decision without a loss.

Senators starting goalie Patrick Lalime had the night off. That earned Martin Prusek just his third start this season and fourth of his NHL career, and he stopped 22 shots to improve to 3-0 on the season.

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