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Hurricanes back in front of playoff hunt

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

OTTAWA -- Shane Willis scored 1:18 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Sunday and moved back in front in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Jeff O'Neill scored twice for the Hurricanes, who are one point ahead of Boston with four games remaining for each team.

The Senators, who had goals from Shawn McEachern and Alexei Yashin, took a two-point lead over New Jersey atop the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa had lost only one of its previous nine games (7-1-1) and were unbeaten in six. The Hurricanes had lost three of four.

Blackhawks 3, Oilers 3

CHICAGO -- Janne Niinimaa and Ryan Smyth scored 1:13 apart midway through the third period as Edmonton tied Chicago.

Doug Weight had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who moved closer to nailing down a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Chicago's Eric Daze scored his 31st and 32nd goals of the season to set a career high, but the Blackhawks' winless streak still reached seven games.

Rangers 4, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Mike York's short-handed goal helped the Rangers extend their winning streak to a season-high four games as New York beat Atlanta.

Brian Leetch, Valeri Kamensky and Radek Dvorak also scored for the Rangers, who had not won as many as four in a row since a seven-game streak in January 2000.

Red Wings 2, Capitals 1, OT

DETROIT -- Steve Yzerman's power-play goal 11 seconds into overtime lifted Detroit over Washington.

Detroit ran its home unbeaten streak to 17 games (15-0-2), one shy of the franchise record.

Both teams clinched their respective division titles. Detroit assured itself the Central Division title and Washington locked up the Southeast Division crown.

Blue Jackets 2, Blues 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chris Pronger returned to the St. Louis lineup but that couldn't prevent a loss to Columbus.

Bruce Gardiner and Petteri Nummelin scored, and Ron Tugnutt stopped 29 shots as the Blue Jackets improved to 8-2-3-2 in their last 15 home games.

Sabres 4, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alexei Zhitnik had two goals, and Dave Andreychuk and Miroslav Satan scored 47 seconds apart in the third period as Buffalo beat Tampa Bay.

The Sabres are one point behind fourth-place Philadelphia in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Mighty Ducks 2, Canucks 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Petr Tenkrat scored the go-ahead goal with 58 seconds left in the third period, ending a 32-game scoring drought, as Anaheim beat Vancouver.

Defenseman Pascal Trepanier scored the tying goal on a power play in the first period and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves.

The Ducks, last in the conference, snapped a four-game winless streak despite getting outshot 30-15.

The Canucks, fighting for a playoff spot, have only one victory in 14 games (1-7-6) -- including two overtime losses.

Vancouver's Peter Schaefer opened the scoring 4 1/2 minutes in.



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