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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis scored 1:27 apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins made a late defensive stand to beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.

Craig Adams had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby added an assist for the Penguins. They've won five of seven games since Crosby's return, and he has two goals and 10 assists in that span.

Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots to win a battle of the backups against Brian Boucher, who made 37 saves.

Jamie McBain scored two goals for the Hurricanes, who have lost six straight and 13 of 16.

Carolina had a 5-on-3 advantage for the final 2:04, but Johnson stopped five shots.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Brooks Laich scored 12 seconds into overtime to lift Washington past Ottawa and give new Capitals coach Dale Hunter his first NHL victory.

Hunter was coaching his third game since replacing Bruce Boudreau on Monday.

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:58 into the game and Troy Brouwer also had a goal to help the Capitals snap a four-game losing streak. Michael Neuvirth, starting for the first time in five games, made 32 saves.

Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa.


BOSTON (AP) - Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and Boston beat Toronto to start December the same way the Bruins finished November.

Boston beat Toronto for the fourth straight time this season and the second straight game. Nathan Horton and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have outscored their closest pursuer in the Northeast Division 23-6 this season.

Rask made his first start since the day after Thanksgiving, a 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit that was the only blemish on Boston's otherwise perfect November. He has won four of his last five.

James Reimer stopped 26 shots in his first game in the net since leaving an Oct. 22 game against Montreal with an injury that was not disclosed. He had not lost in regulation in his previous six starts.

Chris Kelly also scored for Boston, and Milan Lucic had a pair of assists. Mikhail Grabovski scored Toronto's only goal.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carey Price made 26 saves, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored, and Montreal beat short-handed Los Angeles to end a four-game losing streak.

Dustin Penner scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves in his fifth start of the season.

Penner missed the previous nine games because of a broken finger and was inserted in the lineup after Mike Richards was placed in injured reserve because of a head injury.

Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll received a delayed penalty for goalie interference at 4:51 of the third period, nullifying a goal by teammate Jack Johnson that would have tied it.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Evander Kane scored twice in Winnipeg's victory over New Jersey.

Kane scored the Jets' first goal and added an empty-netter with 32 seconds left, his 14th goal of the season. Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Stuart also scored, and Bryan Little had two assists.

Ondrej Pavelec, making his 23rd start of the season, made 23 save.

Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey. The Devils have lost four straight.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Derek Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping New York extend its winning streak to five with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Stepan gave New York a 3-2 lead on a low slot rebound goal with 3:19 left. Brad Richards scored an empty-netter in the final minute. Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots. Steve Downie and Tom Pyatt scored for the Lightning. They have lost five of seven.

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