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raleigh, n.c.» Lee Stemp­niak and Joakim Nord­strom scored about five min­utes apart in the first pe­riod, and the Hur­ri­canes beat the Red Wings 4-1 Tuesday night in the teams’ sec­ond meet­ing in two nights.

Jor­dan Staal and Elias Lind­holm also scored for Carolina and Cam Ward stopped 21 shots.

Detroit’s loss elim­i­nated it from play­off con­tention, end­ing the Red Wings’ run of 25 con­sec­u­tive post­sea­son ap­pear­ances — tied for the third-longest such streak in NHL his­tory.

The Red Wings beat the Hur­ri­canes on Mon­day in a makeup game resched­uled from Dec. 19 when a Freon leak at PNC Arena made for un­playable ice.


T.J. Oshie scored his sec­ond goal of the game 1:42 into over­time to book­end Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, Braden Holtby earned his 40th win and the Cap­i­tals beat the Wild 5-4 for their fifth straight vic­tory. Af­ter Eric Staal’s goal for the Wild tied the game with 26.6 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion, Oshie took a pass in the left cir­cle from Mar­cus Jo­hans­son and beat strug­gling Wild goalie De­van Dub­nyk with a wrist shot. Jo­hans­son had four as­sists. … Cam Talbot made 34 saves, Eric Gryba broke a 1-1 tie in the sec­ond pe­riod and the Oil­ers clinched a play­off spot for the first time since 2006 with a 2-1 win over the Kings. … Aus­ton Matthews broke Wen­del Clark’s 31-year-old fran­chise rookie record with his 35th goal of the sea­son, and the Maple Leafs earned a 3-2 win over the Pan­thers. Bren­dan Gal­lagher put Mon­treal ahead early in the third pe­riod and the Cana­di­ens went on to a 4-1 vic­tory over the Stars. … Jor­dan Weal scored the only shootout goal af­ter ty­ing the game late in the third pe­riod to lift the Fly­ers to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Se­na­tors. … Pa­trik Laine scored in a shootout and the Jets ral­lied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Devils 4-3 in the makeup of a game that was post­poned by a snow­storm ear­lier this month. … Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his re­turn from a onegame ab­sence and the Bru­ins beat the Preda­tors 4-1. Pa­trice Berg­eron, David Kre­jci, Noel Ac­ciari and David Backes scored for the Bru­ins, who moved three points ahead of idle Tampa Bay for the sec­ond East­ern Con­fer­ence wild card. … Cam Atkin­son got his team-lead­ing 34th goal and Sergei Bo­brovsky had 41 saves to power the Blue Jack­ets to a 3-1 win over the Sabres.

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