Jeff O'Neill scored two third-period goals as the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a four-goal deficit for the first time since 1980 to tie the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 4-4, last night in Raleigh, N.C.
Defenseman Glen Wesley tied it with 7 minutes 27 seconds left with a slap shot that hit goalie Dominic Roussel near the throat and fell in behind him. Andrei Kovalenko began the rally, scoring late in the second period.
The Hurricanes were coming off a season-high seven-goal game Thursday night in Boston. The four-goal rally was the first for the former Hartford Whalers franchise since a 5-5 tie against Montreal on March 19, 1980.
The Mighty Ducks led 4-0 after Marty McInnis, Jim McKenzie and Jeff Nielsen scored in a 6 1/2-minute span of the second period. The Hurricanes scored three goals in the first 12 1/2 minutes of the third in registering a season-high 43 shots.
Teemu Selanne, in a mini-slump with one goal and one assist in his last eight games, scored his 16th of the season from in close after taking a centering pass from Paul Kariya to put the Mighty Ducks up 1-0 late in the first.
Then McInnis started Anaheim's second-period outburst with a short-handed goal at 2:10. McKenzie made it 3-0 3 1/2 minutes later off a rebound, sending Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe to the bench in favor of backup Eric Fichaud.
But less then two minutes after entering the game, Fichaud allowed Nielsen's power-play goal.
* PENGUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Alexei Kovalev scored a short-handed goal in the second period as host Pittsburgh defeated Toronto to give Herb Brooks his 200th NHL coaching victory.
Brooks, 10-4 since replacing Kevin Constantine on Dec. 9, has a career record of 200-202-61 with the New York Rangers, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pittsburgh.
The Penguins were called for only three penalties, none of them involving contact with Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph. "I'd like to take a stick and hit them [the referees] over the head, but you can't do that," Toronto Coach Pat Quinn said. "What do you do? You cry. I'm sitting here crying."
* CANUCKS 3, STARS 1: Donald Brashear scored the go-ahead goal with 7:03 left as Vancouver rallied to beat host Dallas.
Brashear's shot from the from the slot deflected off Stars defenseman Jamie Pushor's skate and past goalie Ed Belfour.
* AVALANCHE 4, CANADIENS 1: Milan Hejduk had his fourth two-goal game of the season as host Colorado completed a two-game season sweep of Montreal.
Former Montreal goalie Patrick Roy made 22 saves, and Chris Dingman and Adam Deadmarsh added goals to help Colorado extend its unbeaten streak to a season-best five games (4-0-1).
* OILERS 5, LIGHTNING 1: Tommy Salo stopped Mike Sillinger on a penalty shot in the second period as Edmonton extended visiting Tampa Bay's winless streak to 10 games (0-8-2).
Salo made 27 saves, and Mike Grier had a career-high three assists to help the Oilers improve to 5-0-3 in their last eight home games.