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Penguins hold off Hurricanes

Posted: Monday, April 09, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't need Mario Lemieux or Jaromir Jagr to deny the Carolina Hurricanes a better playoff position Sunday.

Aleksey Morozov, Ian Moran and Martin Straka scored first-period goals as the Penguins, resting its two stars, beat the Hurricanes 6-4 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Pittsburgh, which avoided its first season sweep against Carolina since 1986-87, blew the three-goal lead in the first 14 minutes of the second period, but got the go-ahead goal from Jan Hrdina late in the second.

Andrew Ference and Morozov added insurance goals 32 seconds apart midway through the third to snap Carolina's five-game unbeaten streak.

Avalanche 4, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Joe Sakic scored his 53rd and 54th goals, and Patrick Roy picked up his 40th victory.

Sakic and Roy both set career highs for Colorado (52-16-10-4), which finished the regular season with a franchise-best 118 points. The team also set franchise marks for wins, home wins (28) and home points (63).

Wes Walz and Darby Hendrickson scored for Minnesota (25-39-13-5), which won just once in its last 14 games, set an expansion record by selling out all 41 regular-season games at the Xcel Energy Center for an average attendance of 18,402.

Capitals 2, Lightning 1

WASHINGTON -- Ulf Dahlen scored 32 seconds into the final period as Washington finished the regular season over Tampa Bay.

Dahlen's flipped his back-handed deflection of Jeff Halpern's shot over goaltender Wade Flaherty for his 15th goal of the season. Steve Konowalchuk scored a similar goal in the second period for the Capitals.

Flyers 2, Sabres 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Roman Cechmanek stopped 36 shots to lead Philadelphia over the Buffalo Sabres, clinching the Flyers home-ice advantage between the two postseason first-round opponents.

The Flyers clinched fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings -- two points ahead of Buffalo -- on the final day of the regular season.

Ruslan Fedetenko broke a 1-1 tie with 7:34 left in regulation, and Derek Plante also scored for the Flyers who completed a four-game season-series sweep of the Sabres.

Donald Audette scored for the Sabres, who lost for only the fourth time in 14 games.

Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 3, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tyler Wright scored on a deflection with 2:19 left in overtime as Columbus beat Chicago to become just the third expansion team in 33 years to reach 71 points. The Blue Jackets' 71 points tie the 1993-94 Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the second-highest points total by an expansion franchise since the NHL doubled in size in 1967-68.

Sharks 4, Mighty Ducks 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alexander Korolyuk scored twice in the third period and Bill Lindsay had three assists as the San Jose Sharks beat the Mighty Ducks 4-1 Sunday night in Teemu Selanne's return to Anaheim.

Stephane Matteau and Bryan Marchment scored first-period goals for the Sharks, who finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time in their 10-year history. They were fifth in the Western Conference standings with a 40-30-12 mark, including three overtime losses.

Goalie Mikka Kiprusoff, making his first NHL start, stopped Anaheim's first 22 shots before Oleg Tverdovsky scored with 1:52 remaining.

Selanne, who had 225 goals and 257 assists in 394 games with Anaheim, played his first game at the Pond since the trade that sent him to San Jose for Jeff Friesen, goalie Steve Shields and a draft pick on March 5.



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