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Flyers can't shoot with the Hurricanes

Flyers can't shoot with the Hurricanes

It was a brisk game with good skating, outstanding two-line passes and exciting goals.

Yet looking at the final score, you'd never know how much the Flyers dominated on the offensive end for the first 40 minutes on Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.

The goals came in a flood in the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 4-3 shootout victory.

Rod Brind'Amour, the fourth shooter for Carolina, won it with a shot over Antero Niittymaki's glove hand. The Hurricanes took over the top spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference with 66 points. The Flyers are third with 64, one point behind the Ottawa Senators.

It was a costly game for the Flyers, too.

Center Peter Forsberg, who leads the team in scoring with 60 points, suffered a left-groin pull in the second period and did not return. Forsberg missed six games in late November and early December with a small tear in his right groin.

"We played great," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The disappointing part for us is we wasted a heck of an effort - a tremendous, emotional, physical effort."

Erik Cole's breakaway goal for Carolina with 3:58 left in regulation sent it to overtime as the Flyers twice wasted two-goal leads in the third period.

Matt Cullen and Oleg Tverdovsky also scored in regulation.

The Hurricanes haven't lost since the Flyers beat them 4-3 in overtime on December 29. Carolina's last loss in regulation was at Ottawa on December 28.

Carter, Kim Johnsson and Freddy Meyer scored goals for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight games.

Lightning 4, Kings 1

In Los Angeles, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored on power plays to end Tampa Bay's 0-for-40 drought with the man advantage, and Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles in their 1,000th regular-season game.

Ruslan also scored and Norman Milley scored his first NHL goal into an empty net. John Grahame made 22 saves, one of them on Sean Avery's penalty shot.

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have lost four of their last five games.

Devils 5, Blues 3

At St. Louis, Martin Brodeur broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL's career victory list, making 26 saves for New Jersey.

Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list for the second time this month. The New Jersey star recorded his 77th career shutout January 9 against Philadelphia, good for seventh on that list.

Brian Gionta scored the game's first two goals, Grant Marshall got the go-ahead goal, John Madden and Jay Pandolfo also scored and Patrik Elias had three assists in New Jersey's seventh straight victory.

Dennis Wideman, Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger scored for St. Louis. The Blues have lost seven in a row.

Islanders 2, Blackhawks 1, OT

At Chicago, Oleg Kvasha beat Chicago rookie goalie Adam Munro off a rebound at 3:02 of overtime, and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves for New York.

Alexei Yashin scored in regulation for New York, coming off an 8-1 home to loss to Vancouver on Saturday night when DiPietro was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. The Islanders are 3-9-0 in their last 12 games and 2-1 since Brad Shaw took over as interim coach following Steve Stirling's firing.

In other NHL action: Colorado 5, Toronto 3.