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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Sergei Samsonov scored his 200th career goal and the Carolina Hurricanes withstood a late rally to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Tuesday night.

Ray Whitney and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Hurricanes, who extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.

Cam Ward continued his recent surge for the Hurricanes, making 26 saves. The Carolina goalie won all three of his starts last week and posted a 1.33 goals against-average with a .944 save percentage.

Paul Martin scored a power-play goal for the Devils in the third period to break Ward's shutout. Patrik Elias added another with 21.5 seconds left to bring the Devils within one.

BOSTON (AP) - Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for his second straight shutout and fifth of the season.

Marek Zidlicky scored a second-period power-play goal, lifting Minnesota to its second win against the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins this season.

The victory was the sixth straight against an Eastern Conference team for the Wild and raised their mark to 10-1-1 against teams from the East this season.

It was Boston's second straight loss, coming after its longest winning streak in nearly 36 years was stopped at 10 games on Saturday.

DETROIT (AP) - Ty Conklin made 23 saves for his eighth career shutout and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists.

Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg each added a goal for Detroit, which won its fourth straight. Conklin got his fourth shutout this season and stretched his home scoreless streak to 138 minutes, 46 seconds.

Steve Mason stopped 37 shots for Columbus.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a statement game, the Washington Capitals overcame the Philadelphia Flyers - on the ice and in the stands.

The Capitals beating the Flyers in a shootout to avenge the only loss they've had in a month and ease some of the sting from last year's first-round playoff series loss.

Jose Theodore made 33 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout, strengthening his claim to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period for the Capitals, and Viktor Kozlov was the only player in the shootout to find the net.

The most startling turnabout, however, was the atmosphere in the arena. Throngs traveling from Philadelphia usually match the home fans in noise if not in number, yet for the first time in memory the Flyers faithful were a minor blip when compared to a playoff-intensity Capitals crowd that sold out the building for the sixth straight game and ninth overall.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Petr Sykora ended Pittsburgh's seven-game drought without a power-play goal while scoring twice and Evgeni Malkin came out of a slump with three assists.

The Penguins, outscored 10-1 in their previous two games, also got captain Sidney Crosby's first power-play goal in 26 games and ended a five-game losing streak. They had dropped five in a row at home, getting outscored 23-8 during a streak that included losses of 7-3 to Toronto and 6-1 to Florida.

Atlanta, last in the Eastern Conference, didn't show much life outside of a couple of skirmishes involving Colby Armstrong. The Thrashers lost their sixth in seven games. The Thrashers are 0-3 against the Penguins, with Crosby getting two goals and four assists.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Derek Roy had a goal and two assists and the Buffalo Sabres avoided blowing a three-goal lead.

Matt Ellis, Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek with a game-sealing empty-netter in the final minute also scored for the Sabres, who won their third straight and snapped a four-game home losing streak against their Northeast Division rivals. Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots to win for the fourth time in five starts.

Jason Spezza scored both goals for the Senators 32 seconds apart in the second period after Ottawa fell behind 3-0. Spezza had an opportunity to cap the comeback, but was robbed with 4:25 left when his slap shot from the right circle was snagged by Miller.

The Senators dropped to 1-5-1 during an eight-game road trip that ends at Boston on Thursday. Ottawa also dropped to 1-12-3 in its past 16 games away from home.

TORONTO (AP) - Stephen Weiss, Ville Peltonen, Michael Frolik and Gregory Campbell scored for Florida.

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe added an assist and goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped 24 shots.

Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jason Blake scored for the Maple Leafs. Vesa Toskala made 30 saves.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wojtek Wolski scored both goals for Colorado.

It was the fifth loss in a row for the Predators. The Avalanche ended a two-game slide.

Ryan Jones, recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, scored for the Predators.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Adam Burish started a four-goal outburst in the opening period with his first score of the season and Chicago routed Phoenix behind Cristobal Huet's 22 saves.

Huet earned his second shutout this season and the 19th of his career.

Jonathan Toews had two late goals and an assist, and Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager and Colin Fraser also scored for the Blackhawks, who swept the season series against Phoenix, 4-0, for the first time since the 1988-89 season when the Coyotes were still the Winnipeg Jets.

Chicago outscored coach Wayne Gretzky's team 20-4 this season.

The Blackhawks have won 11 of 13 overall, outscoring opponents 55-24 along the way.

Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals on 13 shots and lasted just one period before he was replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov.

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