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Florida Panthers clinch first road win of the season

AP , NEW YORK

Ed Belfour made 35 saves and Jozef Stumpel scored two goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 for their first road victory of the NHL season on Wednesday.

Coming off consecutive losses to Atlanta, the Panthers improved to 1-1-4 on the road and 5-1-5 overall. New York, idle since winning a shootout in Toronto last Saturday, lost for the fifth time in its last seven games. Juraj Kolnik and Gregory Campbell also scored for Florida.

The 41-year-old Belfour, 2-0-2 in his first season with Florida, allowed Petr Prucha's power-play score early in the second period and Martin Straka's goal off an uncontested close-range shot with 6:50 left in the game.

Red Wings 2, Sharks 1

At Detroit, Robert Lang's third-period goal broke a tie and lifted Detroit over San Jose.

Detroit, which ended a three-game losing streak, also got a goal and an assist from Mathieu Schneider. Dominik Hasek made 22 saves, including a tip attempt and rebound by Steve Bernier with 37 seconds left and a backhander by Milan Michalek from in close with 30.2 seconds left.

Bernier scored the lone goal for San Jose and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Schneider's power-play goal 38 seconds into the third period tied the game.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 4, OT

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Anton Babchuk scored 1:11 into overtime to help Carolina win its first game at home, beating Atlanta.

Babchuk took a cross-ice pass from Justin Williams and beat Atlanta goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen with a nifty backhand shot for his first goal of the season.

The Hurricanes fell behind 1-0 as Eric Boulton scored 3:14 into the game when he netted a tip-in. Carolina rallied and scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period as Eric Staal, Scott Walker and Andrew Hutchinson scored.

Atlanta tied the game in the second period on goals by Jon Sim and Scott Mellanby.

Ryan Bayda's first goal of the season didn't stand up for the Hurricanes, whose 4-3 lead in the third period was short-lived. Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at 4-all when he deflected a shot in the slot from Vitaly Vishnevski with 11:39 left.

Wild 3, Kings 1

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Manny Fernandez made 35 saves and Brian Rolston scored two goals to help the Wild extend their franchise-best start.

Rolston scored his team-high seventh and eighth goals of the season, Todd White had a goal and two assists, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added three assists for the Wild.

Northwest Division-leading Minnesota (8-1-0) moved into a tie with Dallas for the Western Conference's best record. Buffalo (9-0-0) is the only team in the NHL with a better mark.

Canucks 5, Blackhawks 0

At Chicago, Roberto Luongo recorded his first shutout with Vancouver, and Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist as the Canucks handed the injury-depleted Blackhawks their third straight loss.

Luongo made 32 saves for his 28th career shutout.

Ducks 6, Oilers 2

At Anaheim, California, Ryan Getzlaf and Travis Moen each scored twice, Chris Pronger had three assists against the team he led to the Stanley Cup finals last spring, and the Ducks beat the Oilers.

Capitals 5, Avalanche 3

At Denver, Colorado, Joe Sakic scored his 1,500th point, but Olaf Kolzig stopped 45 shots -- including 20 in the third period -- to help the Capitals beat the Avalanche.

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