Staal tactics pace 'Canes

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At Raleigh, N.C., Eric Staal scored three goals and Justin Williams snapped a tie with 6:32 remaining to lift the Hurricanes to a victory last night over Dallas. Williams added two assists, and Rod Brind'Amour set up a goal to extend his point streak to eight games. Ray Whitney also had a goal for the Hurricanes, who squandered a two-goal lead but scored the winning goal in the final minutes for the second straight home game. Staal finished off his third career hat trick with an empty-net goal.

Penguins 3, Rangers 1 -- At Pittsburgh, Mark Recchi scored twice and the Penguins shut down Jaromir Jagr and New York. Jordan Staal also scored for Pittsburgh.

Islanders 4, Panthers 1 -- At Sunrise, Fla., Mike Dunham made 43 saves, and Arron Asham broke a second-period tie, lifting New York to a victory. Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin also scored for New York. Ville Peltonen had the only goal for the Panthers, and Ed Belfour made 29 saves.

Bruins 3, Capitals 2 (OT) -- At Boston, Glen Murray scored a power-play goal 2:06 into overtime to lift the Bruins to their season-high, fourth straight victory. Zdeno Chara and P.J. Axelsson scored for the Bruins, who have won four in a row for the first time since March 2004. Jakub Klepis and Alexander Ovechkin had goals for the Capitals, who have lost a season-high three straight.

Kings 5, Coyotes 3 -- At Los Angeles, Alexander Frolov scored his 11th and 12th goals and Craig Conroy broke a third-period tie as the Kings defeated Phoenix. Rob Blake and Scott Thornton also scored for the Kings. Georges Laraque and Yanic Perreault and Oleg Saprykin scored for Phoenix.

HABS HONOUR SAVARD: An emotional Serge Savard thanked a great number of people for helping him become a Hall of Fame defenceman just before his No. 18 was lifted up to the rafters of the Bell Centre last night, making him only the second blueliner in team history to have his number retired. "When you forget that hockey is a team sport, you cannot achieve anything," Savard told the sellout crowd of 21,273 fans. "Thank you to all my former teammates who made all of this possible." Savard was the defensive centre piece for the Canadiens dynasty of the 1970's as part of the "Big Three" with Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson. Savard became the 11th player in Canadiens history to have his number retired, but he is only the second defenceman to join Doug Harvey atop the Bell Centre rafters. Savard won eight Stanley Cups in 15 seasons with Montreal from 1967-68 to 1980-81.


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