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NHL: Hurricanes win on consecutive nights after losing for five


Cam Ward made 32 saves and Ray Whitney and Eric Staal scored as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday.

Ward, making his 13th consecutive start for Carolina, earned his 100th career victory for the Hurricanes, who won on consecutive nights after snapping a five-game losing streak.

League scoring leader Evgeni Malkin had a goal for Pittsburgh, the reigning Eastern Conference champions, who fell into 10th place in the conference heading into the All-Star break.

Ward stopped Malkin from point-blank range with 24.1 seconds to play.


At San Jose, California, Joe Thornton set up Devin Setoguchi’s tying goal in regulation and Patrick Marleau’s overtime winner as San Jose celebrated Claude Lemieux’s return to the NHL after a five-and-a-half-year absence with a win over Vancouver.

Lemieux played a regular shift on the fourth line in his first NHL game since 2003 for the Sharks, who gave one of their most listless efforts of the season until the last minute of regulation.

Evgeni Nabokov made 13 saves for San Jose, who will enter the All-Star break with at least a share of the overall league lead.


At Atlanta, rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian and Chris Thorburn each had a goal and an assist as Atlanta downed Montreal.

Tied for the NHL’s second-lowest points total with 37 when the night began, Atlanta won their third straight to snap Montreal’s two-game winning streak and spoil the return of Montreal goaltender Carey Price.

The Canadiens, who had won eight of 10 and were 11-2-1 in their previous 14, started with Jaroslav Valak in goal, but coach Guy Carbonneau pulled him after Rich Peverley scored 3:58 into the second and made it 3-0.


At Glendale, Arizona, Enver Lisin scored a pair of third-period goals as Phoenix beat Detroit.

Derek Morris had a goal and an assist, and Keith Yandle, Ed Jovanovski and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Shane Doan had a pair of assists for Phoenix, who moved past Anaheim into sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference entering the All-Star break.

Niklas Lidstrom had a pair of power-play goals and Mikael Samuelsson also scored on the power play for the Red Wings, who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Lidstrom tied Brian Leetch in eighth place for power-play goals by a defenseman with 111.

In Tuesday’s other games it was:

• Rangers 4, Ducks 2

• Senators 3, Capitals 2

• Kings 5, Wild 2

• Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 3

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