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Carter lifts Canucks over Flyers

Anson Carter scored twice in the third period, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Flyers last night in Philadelphia.

Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden, and Nolan Baumgartner also scored for the Northwest Division-leading Canucks, who won their fourth straight game.

Michal Handzus, Kim Johnsson, Mike Knuble, and Sami Kapanen scored for Philadelphia, which had won two in a row.

The injury-depleted Flyers lost two more players when forward Mike Richards went out with a concussion and fellow rookie Jeff Carter left after getting hit in the head by the puck.

Philadelphia already is without its leading goal scorer, Simon Gagne, captain Keith Primeau, defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen, and forwards Turner Stevenson and Donald Brashear.

Hurricanes 2, Blue Jackets 1 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored twice and Martin Gerber made 25 saves to help Carolina hold off Columbus in Raleigh, N.C., giving the Hurricanes consecutive home victories for the first time since early November.

Cory Stillman originally was credited with giving Carolina a 1-0 lead in the second period before it was changed, allowing Brind'Amour to get his first multi-goal game in two months.

Stars 2, Senators 0 -- Marty Turco earned his second shutout of the season, and Brenden Morrow scored his 10th goal and assisted on Jere Lehtinen's 17th, leading Dallas to victory in Ottawa.

Turco stopped 25 shots for his 23d career shutout. Dallas has gone 14-3 -- including a pair of five-game winning streaks -- to surge into first place in the Pacific Division.

Thrashers 3, Devils 2 -- Marc Savard scored a power-play goal with five seconds left in overtime and Atlanta beat New Jersey in East Rutherford, N.J., just more than a minute after the Thrashers failed to win it on a penalty shot.

New Jersey defenseman Dan McGillis pulled down Marian Hossa during a breakaway at 3:31 of the extra session. Hossa didn't convert on the attempt, but the Thrashers immediately went on a power play as McGillis was also called for roughing.

Panthers 3, Red Wings 2 -- Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal 1:36 into overtime, pushing Florida past Detroit in Sunrise, Fla.

Gary Roberts and Rastislav Olesz also scored for the Panthers, who have won four of five at home. Roberto Luongo made 34 saves.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 3 -- Pekka Rinne stopped 33 shots in his NHL debut and host Nashville beat Chicago.

Rinne is the fourth goaltender used by the Predators this season. He was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL after Nashville backup Chris Mason sustained a groin injury during warmups Tuesday night at Florida.

Oilers 5, Canadiens 3 -- Ethan Moreau's power-play goal with 1:23 left in the third period led host Edmonton over Montreal.

Moreau sent a slap shot from the right circle over the blocker of Jose Theodore for the winning goal on a power play. Fernando Pisani netted his second goal of the game -- capping a 3-point night -- by scoring into an empty net.

Lightning 3, Coyotes 1 -- Vincent Lecavalier netted a shorthanded goal, and Fredrik Modin also scored to lead Tampa Bay past Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.

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