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NHL roundup: Full-strength Devils hammer Hurricanes

March 3, 2001

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When the New Jersey Devils get their best players on the ice, they can be good. Make that very good.

Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott returned to the lineup and combined with linemate Patrik Elias for five goals and 11 points as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3 on Friday night.

"Everything just clicked from the first shift," said Sykora, who along with Elias had two goals apiece. "We were having fun. That was the most important thing. All three of us had the puck and we were helping each other. It's fun when the three guys are going like that."

Arnott, Alexander Mogilny and Pierre Dagenais each added a goal in the Devils' biggest offensive output since a 7-1 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 18.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur also took part, assisting on Arnott's goal. Brodeur made 26 saves and extended his streak of 30-or-more victories to six straight seasons.

Former Chicago Blackhawk Tony Esposito holds the NHL record of seven straight 30-win seasons, while Patrick Roy of Colorado and Jacques Plante turned in six. Roy's streak is current.

"That's pretty neat," Brodeur said of his streak.

Thrashers 4, Panthers 3

Sunrise, Fla. Donald Audette and Tomi Kallio scored in a 1:52 span of the third period as Atlanta snapped a six-game winless streak.

Penguins 7, Rangers 5

New York Mario Lemieux scored the first of three Pittsburgh goals within 1:02 of the second period, and added another goal and two assists.

Oilers 3, Wild 1

Edmonton, Alberta Rem Murray had two goals and Ryan Smyth scored the winner midway through the third period.

Red Wings 2, Coyotes 2

Phoenix Joe Juneau scored with 1:44 left in regulation as Phoenix salvaged a tie.

Canucks 3, Blues 2, OT

Vancouver, British Columbia Mattias Ohlund scored with 1:20 left in overtime.

Stars 5, Mighty Ducks 2

Anaheim, Calif. Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and two assists and Brett Hull reached the 30-goal mark for the 11th time in his career.

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