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DETROIT- Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of a five-round shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Brendan Shanahan had a goal and an assist, and Kris Draper, Mikael Samuelsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Jason Williams also scored for Detroit. Robert Lang added two assists.

Rick Nash recorded his first career hat trick and Mark Hartigan and Dan Fritsche added a goal and an assist each for Columbus.

Just after the Blue Jackets pulled goalie Marc Denis for an extra attacker, Nash scored from the slot after an unsuccessful clearing attempt by Kronwall. His 29th goal tied it 5-5 and completed the hat trick with 32.1 seconds left in regulation.

Penguins 5, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. – Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, Sebastien Caron made 36 saves, and the Penguins snapped a 12-game losing streak to Florida by beating the Panthers 5-1 Friday night.

Konstantin Koltsov, Ryan Whitney, Ryan Malone and John LeClair also scored for Pittsburgh, the NHL’s worst team this season.

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Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3

WASHINGTON – Justin Williams scored two of Carolina’s franchise-record three short-handed goals, and the Hurricanes moved into a first-place tie atop the Eastern Conference with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Alexander Ovechkin had an assist to reach 99 points in his rookie season, but it wasn’t enough to help the Capitals, whose late rally fell short.

Kevyn Adams added Carolina’s other short-handed tally, and Eric Staal scored his 44th goal of the season during a second-period power play for the Hurricanes, who lead the Eastern Conference with 51 wins.

Flyers 4, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists Friday night, helping the Philadelphia Flyers clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Robert Esche made 19 saves for Philadelphia, which closed within three points of the first-place New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

The Flyers and Rangers each have six games left, with one game remaining between the clubs on April 15.

Oilers 4, Blackhawks 3, OT

CHICAGO – Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the game during a power play at 3:18 of overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

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