The Carolina Hurricanes cooled off the New Jersey Devils, getting a goal 16 seconds into overtime from Jeff O'Neill in a 4-3 victory last night in Raleigh, N.C.
New Jersey's Petr Sykora scored with 6 minutes 8 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 3, but O'Neill took the puck from Scott Niedermayer at the blueline and broke in free on Chris Terreri, beating him low between the pads.
O'Neill's goal was the fastest overtime goal in franchise history, topping Brian Propp's game-winner in 20 seconds in 1993 against Ottawa.
The victory by Carolina snapped New Jersey's six-game road winning streak and improved its record to 3-0-12 in its last 15 overtime games. It was also the team's second overtime win within the first minute of the extra period on its five-game homestand.
Patrick Elias assisted on Sykora's 16th goal to extend his team-record point streak to 15 straight games. That also tied the NHL high, set earlier in the season by Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh and Pierre Turgeon of St. Louis.
* RED WINGS 4, FLAMES 1: Nicklas Lidstrom and Pat Verbeek scored power-play goals 26 seconds apart in the second period as host Detroit defeated Calgary.
Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan also scored goals and Igor Larionov had two assists for the Red Wings, who have won three straight after an 0-3-2 slide.
* OILERS 7, LIGHTNING 3: Josef Beranek had two goals as visiting Edmonton scored six consecutive times in a victory over Tampa Bay.
Second-period goals by Georges Laraque, Beranek and Ryan Smyth helped the Oilers battle back from a 3-1 deficit.
* BLUES 3, STARS 1: Lubos Bartecko scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and goaltender Roman Turek stopped 19 shots against his former team as visiting St. Louis beat Dallas.
Turek, the backup to Ed Belfour in the Stars' run to the Stanley Cup championship last season, is 2-0 against Dallas since being traded to St. Louis.
* SABRES 1, SENATORS 0: Martin Biron made 21 saves to post his league-leading fifth shutout, leading host Buffalo to victory over Ottawa. James Patrick scored for the Sabres, who won their second straight.
* CANUCKS 4, SHARKS 1: Mark Messier scored two goals for the first time in almost two years, and host Vancouver snapped a six-game winless streak.