Sutter's goals in third lift the 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Brandon Sutter had two third-period goals and rookie Jeff Skinner scored his 18th of the season to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Skinner scored on a power-play rebound with 8:58 remaining, giving the Hurricanes a 5-3 lead, and Erik Cole's empty-netter in the final minute sealed the victory.

Tim Brent scored two third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who got within one at 5-4 on Mike Brown's power-play tally with 5:45 to go.

After going 16 games without a goal, Sutter has now scored three in his past three games.

Canucks 7, Stars 1

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Christian Ehrhoff scored on Vancouver's first five shots, and the Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a rout of the Stars.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists and Mikael Samuelsson (14 games) and Mason Raymond (11 games) and Dan Hamhuis (25 games) all ended long goal droughts for the Canucks, who did have three points during their slide (0-1-3).

Rangers 2, Capitals 1, SO

At Washington, Artem Anisimov scored the decisive goal in a shootout, backup goaltender Martin Biron had 22 saves, and the Rangers rallied to defeat the Capitals.

Each team scored twice in the shootout before Anisimov ended the duel by beating rookie goalie Braden Holtby.

Flames 3, Predators 1

At Calgary, Alberta, Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves and Jarome Iginla scored to help the Flames beat the Predators.

Curtis Glecross and Brendan Morrison also scored for Calgary. It was Morrison's third goal in three games. Alex Tanguay and Matt Stajan added two assists each.

Avalanche 4, Blues 3

At Denver, Brandon Yip scored twice and Kevin Shattenkirk broke a third-period tie on a power play, helping the Avalanche snap a two-game skid with a win over the Blues.

Ryan Stoa added a valuable insurance goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots as the Avs beat St. Louis for a sixth straight time.

Kings 2, Bruins 0

At Los Angeles, Ryan Smyth scored the Kings' first power-play goal in eight games and Andrei Loktionov added a goal, helping Los Angeles beat Boston for its fifth straight victory over the Bruins.

The teams' previous four meetings had all gone to overtime or a shootout, including the Kings' 4-3 victory on Nov. 20 after they blew a 3-0 lead on the road.

Los Angeles has won two straight after going 3-13 in its previous 16 games, a plunge that dropped it from being one of the top teams in the West to a club fighting for a playoff berth.

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