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Rare scorer lifts 'Canes past Rangers

By wire services
Published November 18, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. - Kevyn Adams scored his first three goals of the season for his first hat trick as the Hurricanes beat the Rangers 5-1 Thursday night.

Adams usually plays on the penalty kill, and his career high in six full seasons is 11 goals in 2000-01. But he gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead 3:30 into the second at the end of a give-and-go with Radim Vrbata.

Craig Adams helped make it 3-1 with 2:59 left in the second with a vicious check on Maxim Kondratiev. The puck slipped into the trapezoid to Kevyn Adams, who beat Michal Rozsival to the front of the net and scored. He capped the hat trick and made it 4-1 with 8:27 left by completing a two-on-one with Vrbata.

Carolina, however, already missing center Rod Brind'Amour and defenseman Glen Wesley to groin injuries, lost leading scorer Eric Staal. He bruised his back during the third when he fell backward over the net after a missed scoring chance. His status is unknown.

SABRES 8, CAPITALS 5: Taylor Pyatt's hat trick lifted host Buffalo. Down 6-1 in the second, Washington scored three in 7:59, including rookie Alexander Ovechkin's 15th. Washington's Chris Clark and Bryan Muir hit posts in the third before Pyatt capped his hat trick with 3:31 left.

OILERS 6, WINGS 5 (OT): Jarret Stoll scored the winner 33 seconds in for host Edmonton. Down 3-1, the Oilers scored four in the third to lead 5-3 with Shawn Horcoff tying a team record by assisting on all. (Wayne Gretzky did it seven times and Jari Kurri and Mark Messier once.) Brendan Shanahan made it 5-4 with a power-play goal, and Steve Yzerman tied it with 2:18 left.

SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 1: Daniel Alfredsson scored power-play goals 20 seconds apart in the third as host Ottawa handed Florida its 10th consecutive loss. The Panthers' Eric Cairns was called for holding with 8:24 left. Alfredsson made it 2-1 28 seconds later, finishing a passing play with Jason Spezza and Wade Redden. Cairns stepped out of the box, argued and was sent back for unsportsmanlike conduct. Alfredsson then drove a slap shot between Roberto Luongo's pads.

LEAFS 4, BRUINS 1: Eric Lindros had a goal and an assist for visiting Toronto, which has won three in a row for the first time this season. Lindros gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with 9:52 left. Two minutes later during a power play, Tomas Kaberle's shot from the left circle deflected in off Mats Sundin's leg to make it 3-1.

BLUE JACKETS: Todd Marchant, tied for fourth on the team in scoring, was waived to clear space under the salary cap for Sergei Fedorov, who was acquired Tuesday. Marchant, signed through 2008-09 at about $2.5-million per season, has three goals and six assists for Columbus, which is last in the league in goals.

BLUES: Defenseman Eric Brewer will miss 4-8 weeks with a separated right shoulder sustained on a hit Wednesday against Columbus.

PENGUINS: Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 45 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers, was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in anticipation of the return of goalie Sebastien Caron, who was out with a strained quadriceps.

WILD: Defenseman Andrei Zyuzin will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained right knee sustained Nov. 2 against Vancouver.

[Last modified November 18, 2005, 01:47:02]

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