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Brind’Amour paces Hurricanes past Caps

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WASHINGTON — Rod Brind'Amour had two goals and two assists, and Erik Cole also had a hand in every score for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Brind'Amour and Cole scored power-play goals less than two minutes apart in the second period, sending Carolina on its way to its fourth victory in five games. Brind'Amour scored for the fourth game in a row and extended his point streak to seven games.

Backup goalie John Grahame made 21 saves to earn his first win for the Stanley Cup champions since joining them in the offseason.

Brind'Amour, the Hurricanes' captain, entered the game tied for third in the NHL with 26 points. He assisted on Cole's opening goal, scored himself shortly thereafter to make it 2-0, assisted on Ray Whitney's goal early in the third period and ended the scoring with 1:47 remaining off a pass from Cole, who finished with three assists.

Richard Zednik, who missed the previous six games with an injury, scored for the Capitals.

AVALANCHE 3, BLUE JACKETS 0: At Columbus, Ohio Peter Budaj made 25 saves for his third career shutout and the Avalanche snapped a four-game losing streak.

Rookie Paul Stastny, Ossi Vaananen and Marek Svatos scored for Colorado. Joe Sakic had an assist to tie Stan Mikita for 14th on the career list with 926.

The Blue Jackets, who have been shutout in five of their 17 games, have lost four straight and 11 of 14.

The game was the second for Columbus interim coach Gary Agnew, who replaced Gerard Gallant after Gallant was fired Monday because of the team's slow start. Agnew lost his debut Wednesday against Nashville.

DEVILS 3, SENATORS 2: At East Rutherford, N.J. Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and set up another to lead the Devils to the win.

Zach Parise scored a goal and had two assists and rookie linemate Travis Zajac had a career-best three assists as New Jersey avenged an embarrassing 8-1 loss at Ottawa on Oct. 21.

Martin Brodeur, who gave up six goals in 34 minutes in that loss, came within 14-plus minutes of recording his 84th career shutout before Ottawa made the game interesting on third-period goals by Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson.

Ottawa, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, is now 2-7-1 in its last 10 games, 7-11-1 this season and last in the Northeast Division.

STARS 5, THRASHERS 3: At Atlanta, Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the opening period for Dallas and Patrik Stefan enjoyed a successful return to Atlanta.