Hurricanes edge Panthers

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Craig Adams scored a short-handed goal early in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes clinched the Southeast Division title with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
With 102 points through 73 games, the Hurricanes moved within three points of Ottawa for the best record in the Eastern Conference by stopping Florida's seven-game winning streak. Carolina, which is going to the postseason for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, leads Tampa Bay by 19 points in the division.
Adams got his ninth goal of the season with teammate Chad LaRose in the penalty box for hooking. Kevyn Adams lofted the puck out of the Carolina zone and Craig Adams outraced Chris Gratton to get to it. Goalie Roberto Luongo whiffed on his clearing attempt, allowing Adams to knock in the go-ahead goal.
  • BLACKHAWKS 3, RED WINGS 2 (OT): Patrick Sharp scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting visiting Chicago to a victory over Detroit.
  • PENGUINS 4, ISLANDERS 0: Sergei Gonchar scored twice and Sebastien Caron stopped 29 shots to lead visiting Pittsburgh to a victory over New York.
  • BLUE JACKETS 4, BLUES 2: Rick Nash scored twice and backup goalie Pascal Leclaire had a strong game, helping visiting Columbus beat St. Louis.
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