RALEIGH, N.C. – Eric Staal scored three goals and Justin Williams snapped a tie with 6:32 remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Williams added two assists, and Rod Brind’Amour set up a goal to extend his point streak to eight games.

Ray Whitney also had a goal for the Hurricanes, who squandered a two-goal lead but scored the winning goal in the final minutes for the second straight home game.

Dallas’ Sergei Zubov tracked down a loose puck behind the goal line and tried to send it down the ice, but Williams intercepted the puck in the right circle and beat screened goalie Marty Turco with a high wrist shot.

Staal finished off his third career hat trick with an empty-net goal with 45.6 seconds left. Jaroslav Modry scored with 1 second remaining for Dallas.

Cam Ward, back in Carolina’s net after a rare night off, stopped 21 shots. Turco made 20 saves for the Stars.

AP-ES-11-18-06 2135EST



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