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Tampa Bay breezes by Hurricanes homestand

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cory Sarich scored with 1:15 left in overtime and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Sunday.

Pavel Kubina scored with 8:29 left in regulation to ruin Kevin Weekes' shutout bid against his former team, and Sarich's second career goal in 226 games improved the Southeast Division-leading Lightning to 6-1 this season against teams from its division.

Carolina fell to 4-1-2-1 eight games into a franchise-record nine-game homestand.

Ron Francis scored his sixth of the season and 520th of his career for Carolina.

Mighty Ducks 5, Thrashers 1

ATLANTA -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 27 of 28 shots, and Steve Rucchin and Paul Kariya each had two assists as Anaheim beat Atlanta.

Stanislav Chistov, Patric Kjellberg, Kevin Sawyer, Niclas Havelid and Petr Sykora scored for Anaheim, 6-1-1-2 in its last 10 -- all with Giguere in net.

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 4

PHOENIX -- Mike Johnson scored the tying goal as Phoenix rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Colorado.

Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher had five of his 24 saves in overtime, when the Avalanche played the first 1:43 with a man advantage.

Patrick Roy had 27 saves for Colorado, which improved to 5-1-2-2 on the road.

Joe Sakic scored his NHL-best 12th goal, Milan Hejduk had two power-play goals and an assist and Serge Aubin scored for the Avalanche.

Stars 3, Blue Jackets 2, OT

DALLAS -- Scott Young scored with 1:04 left in regulation, then Pierre Turgeon tipped in a long swat by Young 3:19 into overtime to rally Dallas over Columbus.

The Western Conference-leading Stars won their fourth straight, with Turgeon scoring the winner in the last three. Dallas also remained unbeaten at home at 7-0-0-1.

Bill Guerin scored with 6:54 left in the third to start Dallas' comeback.

Marc Denis made 39 saves, but Columbus fell to 1-4-1-1 on the road.

Geoff Sanderson scored in his seventh straight game for the Blue Jackets.

Blackhawks 4, Predators 2

CHICAGO -- Steve Sullivan scored two goals, and Chicago extended its unbeaten streak to six games by beating Nashville.

Alex Zhamnov had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who got 28 saves from Jocelyn Thibault. Boris Mironov also scored for Chicago, 4-0-2 during its streak.

Although Zhamnov leads the Blackhawks with 17 points, his goal was only his second this season and first in 15 games.

Nashville rookie Vernon Fiddler had his first NHL goal and assist. Clarke Wilm also scored for the Predators, winless in four games (0-3-1).



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