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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 12:01 GMT
Carolina close in on Bruins
Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins
Bill Guerin's goal did not prevent Bruins defeat
Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 Boston Bruins

Rookie Josef Vasicek scored the go-ahead goal with 2:41 left in the third period as the Hurricanes halted a four-game winless streak and moved to within one point of the Bruins for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Czech's eighth goal of the season came 1:55 after Brian Rolston had tied the game for the Bruins at 3-3.

Marek Malik added an empty-net goal with 55 seconds left on a length-of-the-ice shot before Boston's Kyle McLaren closed the game with a goal with 10 seconds remaining.

Jason Allison and Bill Guerin scored late in the second period but the Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead with 8:42 left as Rod Brind'Amour slid the puck between the legs of rookie goaltender John Grahame.

Minnesota Wild 3-1 San Jose Sharks

Minnesota ended San Jose's streak of shutouts and road victories, sending the Sharks home with their first away defeat in almost two months.

Finland's Antti Laaksonen beat Steve Shields with a slap shot in the second period, stopping the Sharks' stretch of holding opponents scoreless at a team-record 155 minutes, 28 seconds.

Scott Pellerin scored on a power play later for the Wild's second goal of the second period. Sylvain Blouin scored his first career goal in the third period.

Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 Los Angeles Kings

Tony Amonte reached 30 goals for the sixth consecutive season when he scored in the Blackhawks first home win over Los Angeles since 1996.

Eric Daze opened the scoring with his second power-play goal in as many games at 8:06 of the second period.

Michael Nylander scored an empty-net goal with a minute left.

Jocelyn Thibault made 19 saves, turning aside eight shots in the first period, seven in the second and just four in the third as Chicago improved to 2-11-1 in their last 14 meetings with the Kings.

Ottawa Senators 4-0 Montreal Canadiens

Patrick Lalime tied a team record with his fifth shutout this season as Ottawa extended their winning streak to four games.

Lalime, in his 11th career shutout, stopped 25 Montreal shots and tied the Senators' single-season high for shutouts set by Damian Rhodes in 1997-98.

Radek Bonk scored twice, and Shawn McEachern and Daniel Alfredsson also tallied for Ottawa. Alfredsson and Alexei Yashin also had two assists.

Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Dallas Stars

Tomas Holmstrom set up one power-play goal and scored another as the Red Wings extended their unbeaten streak to seven games in Dallas.

Joe Nieuwendyk scored on a penalty shot to give the Stars a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first period.

Holmstrom assisted on Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal that tied the game at 1-1 before flipping in his own rebound in the third.

Chris Osgood preserved the win for the Red Wings (35-16-5-4) with 24 saves, stopping all 13 shots over the final two periods.

Nashville Predators 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning

Scott Walker and Rob Valicevic scored 21 seconds apart midway through the third period as the Nashville rallied for a dramatic win over slumping Tampa Bay.

Trailing 2-1, the Predators' fortunes began to turn for the better when Lightning newcomer Matthew Barnaby took a hooking penalty with 9:46 remaining.

Late in the ensuing power play, Walker poked a rebound past Kevin Weekes for the equalizer.

Moments later, Weekes stopped a one-timer by Greg Johnson, but Valicevic slid home the rebound for the go-ahead goal with 8:16 left to send the Lightning to their seventh straight loss.

Calgary Flames 4-1 Phoenix Coyotes

Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Valeri Bure one as Calgary claimed their first victory at Phoenix in over four years to spoil Wayne Gretzky's home debut as the Coyotes owner.

Jeff Schantz added an empty-net goal with 19 seconds remaining.

The Coyotes, the only NHL team not to be shut out this season, finally scored on Keith Tkachuk's third-period goal.

Vancouver Canucks 3-2 New York Islanders

Murray Baron scored the go-ahead goal 5:07 into the third as Vancouver were victorious in British Columbia.

Matt Cooke and Markus Naslund also scored for Vancouver, who won for the second time in as many nights despite a 1-for-9 effort with the man advantage.

Dan Cloutier stopped 22 shots for his first win in two starts with the Canucks.

Tim Connolly and Kenny Jonsson answered with power-play goals for the Islanders.

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