The Carolina Hurricanes cooled off the hottest team in hockey Friday night, getting a goal from Jeff O'Neill just 16 seconds into overtime in a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils' Petr Sykora scored with 6:08 left in regulation to tie the score at 3-3, but O'Neill took the puck from Scott Niedermayer at the blue line and broke in free on Chris Terreri, beating him low between the legs.
"It's the time of year for us when every win is important," said O'Neill, who netted his 15th goal of the season to move Carolina within one point of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.
The victory by Carolina snapped New Jersey's six-game road winning streak.
Caps beat the clock, defeat Coyotes
WASHINGTON -- Calle Johansson scored in the final second of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Caps extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games.
The stunning finish began when Sergei Gonchar chased down a puck near the left point and fired a shot with about five seconds left in the five-minute OT session. Phoenix goalie Sean Burke made the save, but the rebound bounced right to Johansson in front and he flipped it in.
"I knew Gonchar would either pass it to me or shoot it," Johansson said. "There was hardly any time left on the clock, so there wasn't any real danger about Phoenix going the other way. I just figured I would stay there and hoped it bounced my way."
Around the rinks
Lubos Bartecko scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period and goaltender Roman Turek stopped 19 shots against his former team as the Blues beat the Stars, 3-1. . . . Nicklas Lidstrom and Pat Verbeek scored power-play goals 26 seconds apart in the second period as the Red Wings beat the Flames, 4-1. . . . Josef Beranek had two goals as the Oilers scored six consecutive goals in a 7-3 victory over the Lightning.