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Hurricanes whip up eight straight

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Carolina hasn't lost since Philadelphia defeated them 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 29

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Cory Stillman, right, of the Hurricanes, is blocked by Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

PHOTO: AP

Rod Brind'Amour scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to their eighth straight victory, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Erik Cole's breakaway goal for Carolina with 3:58 left in regulation sent it to overtime as the Flyers twice wasted two-goal leads in the third period.

Matt Cullen and Oleg Tverdovsky also scored in regulation to help the Hurricanes move past Ottawa for the NHL lead with 66 points. The Flyers are two points behind.

Ray Whitney and Cullen also beat Antero Niittymaki in the shootout, and Martin Gerber stopped Jeff Carter to win it.

The Hurricanes haven't lost since the Flyers beat them 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 29. Carolina's last loss in regulation was at Ottawa on Dec. 28.

Carter, Kim Johnsson and Freddy Meyer scored goals for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight games.

Devils 5, Blues 3

At St. Louis, Martin Brodeur broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL's career victory list, making 26 saves for New Jersey.

Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list for the second time this month. The New Jersey star recorded his 77th career shutout Jan. 9 against Philadelphia, good for seventh on that list.

Brian Gionta scored the game's first two goals, Grant Marshall got the go-ahead goal, John Madden and Jay Pandolfo also scored and Patrik Elias had three assists in New Jersey's seventh straight victory.

Dennis Wideman, Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger scored for St. Louis. The Blues have lost seven in a row.

Islanders 2, Blackhawks 1, OT

At Chicago, Oleg Kvasha beat Chicago rookie goalie Adam Munro off a rebound at 3:02 of overtime, and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves for New York.

Alexei Yashin scored in regulation for New York, coming off an 8-1 home to loss to Vancouver on Saturday night when DiPietro was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. The Islanders are 3-9-0 in their last 12 games and 2-1 since Brad Shaw took over as interim coach following Steve Stirling's firing.

Jim Vandermeer scored for the Blackhawks, 2-11-2 in their last 15 games.

Avalanche 5, Maple Leafs 3

At Denver, Milan Hejduk scored a pair of power-play goals 34 seconds apart to lift Colorado to its eighth straight win and a tie for the Northwest Division lead.

Rookie Marek Svatos scored his 27th goal of the season, best in the Western Conference, to help Colorado match its longest winning streak since Oct. 10-28, 2000. Alex Tanguay and Cody McCormick also scored for Colorado.

Jeff O'Neill, Mats Sundin and Jason Allison scored for Toronto.

Lightning 4, Kings 1

In Los Angeles, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored on power plays to end Tampa Bay's 0-for-40 drought with the man advantage, and Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles in their 1,000th regular-season game.

Ruslan also scored and Norman Milley scored his first NHL goal into an empty net. John Grahame made 22 saves, one of them on Sean Avery's penalty shot.

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have lost four of their last five games.

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan sued a member of Parliament on Tuesday, contending that Denis Coderre falsely accused him of making a slur against French speakers during an NHL game.

Doan also demanded in the lawsuit filed in Quebec superior court that Coderre, a former sports minister, make a public retraction.

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