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'Canes cuff Caps

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Victor Rask scored a tie-breaking, unassisted goal with 9:06 left in regulation, and Sebastian Aho added an empty-net goal as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the host Washington Capitals, 3-1, on Thursday.

The Hurricanes snapped a 3-game losing streak, while the Capitals saw their 5-game winning streak end. Washington had won 10 straight at home, the longest streak of that type in the NHL this season.

Jordan Staal also scored for Carolina, which got 27 saves from goalie Scott Darling. Lars Ellers collected Washington’s only goal.

Flames 5, Lightning 1

Johnny Gaudreau, Micheal Ferland and Mark Jankowski each had a goal and an assist as visiting Calgary topped NHL-leading Tampa Bay.

Making the night even worse for the Lightning was losing defenseman Victor Hedman due to a lower-body injury midway through the second period. Hedman, one of the NHL’s best blue-liners, collided with Calgary forward Garnet Hathaway as they went to play the puck, and Hedman’s left leg twisted awkwardly.

Mike Smith was sensational in Calgary’s net for the first half of the game in his 33-save performance at Amalie Arena, including a penalty shot stop on Cedric Paquette.

Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 1

Kyle Okposo and Jack Eichel each notched a goal and an assist and rookie goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 44 shots to lead host Buffalo past Columbus.

The Sabres recorded their first victory of 2018, snapping a 5-game losing skid as they enter their bye week. Benoit Pouliot also scored for Buffalo.

Ullmark lost his shut-out bid late in the game on an Artemi Panarin goal, but he was tremendous all night, stopping 33 shots over the final two periods while the Blue Jackets pushed.

 

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