NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes stole their thrilling first-round series from the New Jersey Devils in the final 80 seconds.
Jussi Jokinen and Eric Staal scored in a 48-second span late in the third period and the Hurricanes stunned the Devils 4-3 in Game 7 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Tuesday night.
It was the second shocking loss for the Devils in the series. They lost Game 4 on a goal by Jokinen with 0.2 seconds to play.
This time they gave away the series in the final 1:20.
Jokinen tied the game after taking a great cross-ice setup by Joni Pitkanen. Staal then buried the Devils with a shot from the middle of the right circle with 31.7 seconds to play.
Carolina next plays top-seeded Boston.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks to sage old Sergei Fedorov and a monumental comeback, the Capitals are headed to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
The 39-year-old Fedorov beat Henrik Lundqvist with 4:59 left in the third period, becoming the 21st team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-1.
It's also the franchise's first series victory since the 1997-98 season, when Washington made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. It must feel particularly sweet to the 16 players who were on the team a year ago, when the Capitals also trailed 3-1 in the first round, and also forced a Game 7 at home - only to lose to Philadelphia in overtime.
The Capitals will play Pittsburgh in the next round.