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Rangers clip Flyers in 5-1 win

COASTING THROUGH Bobby Holik scored twice and Radek Dvorak assisted on three of New York's first period goals as Mike Dunham came close to a shutout on Friday


Bobby Holik scored twice and Radek Dvorak assisted on three of New York's four first-period goals in the Rangers' 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mike Dunham, who made 34 saves and was barely tested, was 1:41 away from a shutout when Marty Murray scored on Friday night.

The rejuvenated Rangers are 3-0-2 on a season-best, five-game unbeaten streak. The Flyers entered tied for the NHL lead in allowing only 2.01 goals per game, but left with their four-game winning streak over.

Dvorak set up goals by Jamie Lundmark, Holik and Petr Nedved as the Rangers led 4-0 just 12:49 in. Lundmark, Holik and Dan LaCouture scored on Roman Cechmanek. Nedved's short-handed goal came against Robert Esche, who replaced an angry Cechmanek 9:06 in.

Hurricanes 1, Wild 0

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Kevin Weekes extended his shutout streak to a career-best 131 minutes and Ryan Bayda scored with 3:33 left as Carolina beat Minnesota.

Weekes, who also shut out Pittsburgh 4-0 on Thursday night, stopped 22 shots for his 12th career shutout. His previous best scoreless streak was 128:44 for Tampa Bay in March 2001.

Carolina registered consecutive wins for the first time since late December.

Dwayne Roloson, second in the league in save percentage (.929) and third in goals-against average (1.93) this season, was solid in net before Bayda beat him from the slot with a low shot through traffic.

Red Wings 7, Blues 2

In Detroit, Sergei Fedorov scored three goals for the sixth time in his career to lead Detroit to its eighth straight win.

Fedorov, who had missed the previous two games because of a sore back, recorded his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. He also had an assist for Detroit, which is 11-0-0-1 in their last 12 and increased its lead to four points over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Henrik Zetterberg added two goals, Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and an assist, Darren McCarty scored a goal and Nicklas Lidstrom recorded four assists for the Red Wings.

Shjon Podein and Pavol Demitra scored for the Blues.

Panthers 2, Thrashers 1

In Atlanta, Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots, coming within 35 seconds of a shutout, and Florida held on for a victory over Atlanta.

Kristian Huselius and Mathieu Biron both scored for Florida, which got its goals in the second period. Biron scored his first goal of the season while Florida was short-handed, and Matt Cullen assisted on both goals.

With the goalie pulled, Atlanta finally beat Luongo on Ilya Kovalchuk's 32nd goal -- a wicked wrist shot off a faceoff with 35.3 seconds remaining. The Thrashers never got a chance at the tying goal.

Lightning 4, Avalanche 3

In Tampa, Florida, Fredrik Modin scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:31 to play as Tampa Bay erased a three-goal deficit and beat Colorado.

The Lightning's Dave Andreychuk scored his 610th goal to tie Bobby Hull for 11th place on the NHL's career list. Dan Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko had second-period goals for the Lightning, who trailed 3-0.

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