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Desperation drives Hurricanes in win over Pens

Desperation drives Hurricanes in win over Pens PITTSBURGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes were tired when they took the ice on Tuesday night, but flickering playoffs helped serve as a synthetic adrenaline. Center Elias Lindholm scored two second-period goals to break a tie and lift the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh, preventing the Penguins from clinching the Metropolitan Division title in front of the home fans at Consol Energy Center.

Preview: Hurricanes at Panthers

The Carolina Hurricanes' postseason chances has endured a significant hit as the club has won just five of its last 16 games. The Hurricanes have enjoyed much better success against Thursday's opponent as they vie for their fourth consecutive win and fifth in six meetings with the host Florida Panthers. Alexander Semin has scored three times in two games against Florida this season and also tallied on Tuesday as Carolina dropped a 5-4 decision to the New York Islanders.

Preview: Oilers at Hurricanes

(Updated: CORRECTION: Fixing Edmonton's 15-game stretch in second graph)

Preview: Oilers at Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have dropped to the NHL's version of .500 - and that usually translates to spectator status once the playoffs roll around. The Hurricanes look to reverse a slide that includes eight defeats in their last 11 games when they play host to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon. A 5-1 defeat at Boston on Saturday dropped Carolina into seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and eight points behind Philadelphia for the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

Preview: Rangers at Hurricanes

Martin St. Louis barely had time to catch his breath during a whirlwind 12-hour span on Wednesday, during which he was traded to the New York Rangers and made his debut with his new club later that night. It also was a dizzying day for the Rangers, who sent captain Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay in the deal for St. Louis before losing at home in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. New York attempts to halt its three-game winless drought (0-2-1) when it visits the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

Preview: Hurricanes at Stars

The Carolina Hurricanes attempt to post a rare victory in Dallas as they continue their five-game road trip against the well-rested Stars on Thursday. Carolina has lost each of its last five visits to the Lone Star State and has not recorded a regulation win at Dallas since February 1996, when the franchise was known as the Hartford Whalers. The Hurricanes began their trek with a 3-2 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday as Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his second goal of the game with 44 seconds remaining in the third period.

Preview: Hurricanes at Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens attempt to halt their season-high four-game losing streak when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Montreal has dropped five of its last six contests, scoring fewer than two goals in four of the setbacks. After being outscored 14-5 in the first three games of their skid, the Canadiens were blanked at home 5-0 on Saturday by Washington, which had entered with a seven-game winless streak.

Malhotra turns scorer, Hurricanes win

Malhotra turns scorer, Hurricanes win RALEIGH, N.C. -- Manny Malhotra's leadership and spirit were known commodities when the Carolina Hurricanes gave the veteran center an opportunity at what many believed to be his last comeback attempt at the NHL level following a serious eye injury. His recent scoring has been a bonus, as the Hurricanes got two goals from Malhotra on Saturday to lead a group of secondary line goal scorers en route to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Preview: Senators at Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon in a battle between two Eastern Conference teams fighting for wild-card playoff spots. The Hurricanes posted a 4-1 victory on Nov. 24, extending their home dominance over the Senators to 10-0-1 in the last 11 meetings. Carolina is returning home after sweeping a brief two-game road trip but is just 11-10-5 at PNC Arena.

Preview: Panthers at Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes appeared to be headed for an offensive boon after scoring a half-dozen times in a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. But the well has run completely dry in two games since, leaving the Hurricanes scrambling for answers as they head into a showdown with the visiting Florida Panthers on Saturday. Carolina was blanked 3-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 10 and followed that up with a listless effort in a 2-0 loss to Calgary three nights later.
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