Jeff O'Neill scored with 8 minutes 32 seconds left and Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots for his second shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Dallas Stars, 1-0, yesterday in Raleigh, N.C.

O'Neill's team-leading fifth game-winner came two days after he tied the score in the final seconds at Atlanta -- a game the Hurricanes won, 3-2, in overtime.

"I'm trying to put my game together," said O'Neill, who has 11 goals after scoring 41 and 31 the last two years. "I've struggled early on, and not a lot of good things have happened. . . . I'm just trying to make it work."

Weekes recorded the 10th shutout of his career two games after returning from a concussion that sidelined him for three weeks.

Ron Francis got his 1,200th career assist on O'Neill's goal. Only Wayne Gretzky has more assists (1,963) than Francis.

* BLACKHAWKS 3, KINGS 1: Jocelyn Thibault blocked 24 shots to help Chicago, at home, to its third straight victory. Sergei Berezin, Kyle Calder and Eric Daze had goals for the Blackhawks, 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

"It's a lot more fun to play with a 2-0 lead than an 0-2 deficit," Thibault said. "We were really ready and wanted that game."

* MIGHTY DUCKS 4, COYOTES 0: Niclas Havelid scored twice and Mike Brown got his first NHL goal as host Anaheim won behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere's fourth shutout in six games. Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist, and Paul Kariya added two assists for the Ducks, who set a club record with their sixth straight home victory.