LaRose's Three Goals Does the Trick for 'Canes
Bruins fall to Devils in shootout, Sid the Kid leads Pens past Flyers
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:50 PM CDT
Carolina Hurricanes' Cam Ward (30) unsuccessfully attempts to block the shot of Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis during first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C.   (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
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(Newser) – The Carolina Hurricanes moved to within one win of claiming the Southeast Division title after defeating the last-place Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. Chad LaRose recorded a hat trick for the victors. Net minder Cam Ward had 23 saves in his career-high 19th consecutive start for Carolina. Martin St. Louis had two points in the loss, reports the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Zach Parise’s beautiful backhander in the fourth round of the shootout beat Bruins goalie Tim Thomas high on the glove side to give the Devils a 3-2 win.
  • Sidney Crosby scored twice as the Penguins defeated the Flyers 4-2 and clinched the Atlantic Division crown. The loss puts Philadelphia on the brink of missing the postseason.