RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Cam Ward stopped 28 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday night to match a season high with their fourth straight victory.
Joe Corvo and Rod Brind'Amour scored, and Tuomo Ruutu added an empty-netter for the Hurricanes.
Carolina jumped from ninth in the Eastern Conference into a tie for fifth with Montreal with 77 points in the crowded playoff chase. The Hurricanes have won eight of 10.
The Rangers had their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped out of a playoff position for the first time this season.
OTTAWA (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley scored second-period goals. Brian Elliott made 25 saves in his third straight start for Ottawa, which won all of those games.
Ian White scored in the first period for Toronto, which lost in regulation for the second straight game after earning at least a point in its eight previous games (6-0-2).
Maple Leafs veteran Curtis Joseph became the sixth goalie in league history to allow 2,500 goals on Alfredsson's score, an unassisted effort in the second period that tied it at 1.
He joined John Vanbiesbrouck, Tony Esposito, Grant Fuhr, Patrick Roy and Gilles Meloche. Fuhr and Meloche each allowed an NHL record 2,756 goals.