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Game-winner sets up chance for milestone

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Carolina's Ron Francis has good timing.

His 499th goal was the eventual game-winner for the Hurricanes on Monday, setting up a chance for him to score his 500th goal in his 1,000th game for the Hartford-Carolina franchise on Wednesday at home.

Francis scored twice in the final six minutes, lifting Carolina to a 5-4 win over the Sabres in Buffalo.

"He's genetically superior to most people," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "He is an extreme athlete."

Francis, who also recorded his 1,163rd assist, is one goal from becoming the fifth player in NHL history with 500 goals and 1,000 assists.

He would join Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Marcel Dionne.

"When you start mentioning those names, everything they accomplished, to hear your name mentioned in the same sentence with those guys is obviously something special," Francis said.

BLACKHAWKS 5, SENATORS 4, OT:Eric Daze scored his third goal of the game with 5.4 seconds left in overtime as Chicago extended its winning streak to four games with a win at Ottawa. It was Daze's fourth career hat trick and second of the season.

PANTHERS 4, THRASHERS 3: Darren Van Impe's power-play goal with 10:45 remaining lifted Florida to a comeback victory over visiting Atlanta.

Marcus Nilson added two goals for the Panthers, and Pavel Bure had a goal and an assist.

RED WINGS 4, WILD 2:Darren McCarty had a goal and an assist as Detroit defeated Minnesota. Darby Hendrickson and Marian Gaborik scored in the third period as the visiting Wild closed to 3-2.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 1: Curtis Joseph made 16 saves as Toronto snapped a season-high three-game losing with a victory at Tampa Bay.

Tie Domi, Wade Belak, Mats Sundin and Jonas Hoglund scored for the Maple Leafs. Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning.

BLUE JACKETS 3, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: In Columbus, Ron Tugnutt stopped 27 shots, and Ray Whitney and Grant Marshall scored 1:35 apart in the third period for the Blue Jackets.

Tugnutt turned away all but the last Ducks shot, losing the shutout on Oleg Tverdovsky's power-play goal with 1:34 remaining.

COYOTES 5, RANGERS 0: In Phoenix, Daymond Langkow and Shane Doan each scored two goals as the Coyotes snapped New York's three-game winning streak.

Daniel Briere also scored, and Sean Burke had 37 saves to keep the Coyotes unbeaten in four games (3-0-1-0).

STARS 2, BRUINS 1: In Dallas, Joe Nieuwendyk scored from the blue line with 6:36 remaining as the Stars ended Boston's five-game winning streak. Jere Lehtinen also scored for Dallas.

OILERS 2, FLAMES, 2: In Calgary, Steve Begin scored at 7:30 of the third period as the Flames came from behind to earn a tie with Edmonton.

Oilers goalie Tommy Salo made 33 saves, including four in overtime.

Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary. Rem Murray and Anson Carter scored for Edmonton.

FLYERS 2, CANUCKS 1: Simon Gagne scored with 2.8 seconds left as Philadelphia extended a lengthy unbeaten streak in Vancouver. The Flyers haven't lost in Vancouver in almost 13 years, a streak that dates to Jan. 17, 1989.