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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Chad LaRose and Rod Brind'Amour scored 28 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night for their club-record 10th straight home victory.

LaRose finished with two goals, and Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Cam Ward made 36 saves in his career-best 25th straight start.

The Hurricanes extended their season-best winning streak to seven while surpassing the nine consecutive home-ice wins they had in 2005-06, when they went on to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup. They haven't been to the postseason since, but they took another step toward wrapping up one of the eight Eastern Conference playoff spots, jumping past idle Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into fourth place.

Corey Potter and Dan Girardi scored for New York. With their fourth loss in six games, the Rangers dropped to eighth - a point behind seventh-place Montreal and two ahead of ninth-place Florida.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Saku Koivu scored the first of Montreal's three power-play goals, and Alex Kovalev had three assists to help the Canadiens vault over the New York Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Mathieu Schneider and fellow defenseman Andrei Markov also scored power-play goals - set up by Kovalev. Alex Tanguay and defenseman Mike Komisarek added goals, and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in place of Carey Price (flu). The Canadiens are 4-0-1 in their last five and 5-3-3 since general manager Bob Gainey took over all coach.

Jeff Tambellini scored for New York.

BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots and Boston won its fifth straight to move within one victory of clinching the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Milan Lucic and Marc Savard scored for Boston, which would clinch home ice through the conference finals with its next victory or Washington's next loss.

Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa, and Alex Auld made 31 saves.

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