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Carolina rolls into top spot

Justin Williams scored two of Carolina's franchise-record three shorthanded goals, and the Hurricanes moved into a first-place tie atop the Eastern Conference with a 4-3 victory over the Capitals last night in Washington.

Alexander Ovechkin had an assist to reach 99 points in his rookie season, but it wasn't enough to help the Capitals, whose late rally fell short.

Kevyn Adams added Carolina's other shorthanded tally, and Eric Staal scored his 44th goal of the season during a second-period power play for the Hurricanes, who lead the Eastern Conference with 51 wins. Carolina is tied with Ottawa for first place with 108 points.

It was the third straight game between the Southeast Division rivals and the fifth matchup in 14 days. Carolina won all three this week -- including an overtime victory and a shootout win -- after dropping the two other meetings to Washington at the end of March.

Flyers 4, Sabres 2 -- Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists, helping Philadelphia clinch a playoff spot in Buffalo.

Red Wings 6, Blue Jackets 5 -- Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of a five-round shootout to lift host Detroit over Columbus.

Flames 2, Wild 1 -- Jamie Lundmark scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff won his franchise-record 40th game in host Calgary's victory over Minnesota.

Oilers 4, Blackhawks 3 -- Ryan Smyth scored his second goal during a power play in overtime lifting Edmonton at Chicago.

Penguins 5, Panthers 1 -- Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, Sebastien Caron made 36 saves, and visiting Pittsburgh snapped a 12-game losing streak to Florida.

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