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Jets 4, Canes 3 (OT)

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets, making a strong late-season push, moved a step closer to reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday.

The Carolina Hurricanes, no longer in the playoff conversation, moved another step closer to the end of the season.

The Jets, taking advantage of a run of home games, topped the Hurricanes 4-3 at MTS Centre to extend their winning streak to five games. They're looking every bit the team that can take the Washington Capitals to the wire in the Southeast Division, trailing the Caps by two points.

Skinner could return for Flyers, Muller says

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WINNIPEG -- Canes coach Kirk Muller said Thursday that forward Jeff Skinner, injured Tuesday against Ottawa, could return to the lineup Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Skinner absorbed an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen and left the game in Ottawa with an upper-body injury. He returned to Raleigh on Wednesday for medical evaluations.

Muller said from the reports he had received he did not believe Skinner had any concussion issues. Skinner has been sidelined because of concussions in each of the past two seasons.

"He's being checked out today and we'll get some more results," Muller said. "But from what I've been told so far, we'll probably see him in the lineup by the weekend. So it's good so far."

Skinner to return to Raleigh for examination

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OTTAWA -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, injured Tuesday in the game against the Ottawa Senators, will return to Raleigh today for further medical examination.

Skinner left the game and did not return after an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen in the first period. It was deemed an upper-body injury.

Skinner, 20, has suffered concussions in each of the past two seasons. He missed 16 games last season after taking an open-ice hit from Andy Sutton of the Edmonton Oilers, and was out five games this season after being knocked into the boards by Mark Fraser of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Feb. 14 game.

Sens 3, Canes 2

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OTTAWA -- There seemingly were a number of different competitions held Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators beat the Canes 3-2 in the hockey game, getting a first-period goal from Mika Zibanejad and second-period goals by Milan Michalek and Chris Neil.

Then there were the fights. There were five. The only clearcut win may have come from Neil against the Canes' Tim Gleason in the final seconds of the second.

Canes' Ellis nominated for Masterton Trophy

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OTTAWA -- Dan Ellis just can't stay away from injuries, but he keeps bouncing back.

Last season, while playing for the Anaheim Ducks, he tried to play through a groin injury, only to suffer a severe muscle tear. He had abdominal surgery. He had surgery for a sports hernia.

An unrestricted free agent, Ellis found himself without a team before the 2012-2013 season and wondered if his career might be at an end at 32. He was determined it wouldn't be, a big reason he's the Carolina Hurricanes' nominee this year for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Boston tragedy hits home with Canes

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OTTAWA -- A week ago Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes were the visiting team in Boston.

For the Canes, it would be a normal game day. They played the Boston Bruins at TD Garden and flew home. Strictly routine.

Tonight, the Canes face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. For the Sens, this Monday was anything but normal after the tragic circumstances at the Boston Marathon and the bombings that left three dead and at least 176 injured. They were the visiting team in town, the team suddenly in the middle of it all.

"You really feel for the victims and their families," Canes captain Eric Staal said today. "It's sad to see and scary to think you can go to a sporting event and something like that can happen. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their friends who are dealing with these things."

Sens still dealing with tragedy in Boston

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OTTAWA -- A day after the tragic events in Boston, the Ottawa Senators still are trying to come to grips with all that happened Monday.

The Sens were in Boston and were to have played the Boston Bruins on Monday night at TD Garden. The team hotel was not far from the Boston Marathon route. But by Monday afternoon, everything changed. Two bombs blasts near the marathon finish line, leaving three dead and many injured, resulted in the NHL canceling the game and the Sens flying back to Ottawa on Monday night.

"It's one of those things you don't know how to handle," Sens defenseman Marc Methot said Tuesday, after the team's morning skate at Scotiabank Place.

Canes 4, Bruins 2

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For the Carolina Hurricanes, the losing streak is over -- two of them, in fact.

The Canes took a 4-2 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena, snapping a seven-game losing skid and ending the eight consecutive home losses that set a franchise record.

Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals, including an empty netter in the final minutes, and Joe Corvo and Jeff Skinner both had power-play scores for the Canes. Justin Peters allowed an early score to Milan Lucic but battled his way to a 28-save game, making arguably the best save of his NHL career by robbing Jaromir Jagr with a glove save in the second.

"I'm happy for the guys," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "They've been playing like that for a while. They stuck with it and played an intense, energized game against a good hockey club. They played the game the right way and finally got some reward from it."

Peters gets another shot at Bruins

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Canes goalie Justin Peters was pulled after eight minutes Monday, after allowing two goals on four shots against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The starter tonight against the Bruins at PNC Arena: Justin Peters.

After the debacle in Boston, Peters was forced into action Tuesday against Pittsburgh when Dan Ellis was sidelined by a sore knee in the pregame warmup. Peters then stopped 28 of 30 shots Thursday in the Canes' 3-1 loss in Washington.

"He's been battling," Canes coach Kirk Muller said after today's morning skate. "He has a tough game, he battled back and had a really good game in Washington. Just like the rest of the guys, if you're going to keep battling back and fighting, I think he deserves another crack at it."

Caps 3, Canes 1

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WASHINGTON -- It has been a season of turnarounds for the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals.

The Canes' season has made a big turn for the worse in the past month. As for the Caps, things couldn't be better or brighter.

The Caps topped the Canes 3-1 Thursday at the Verizon Center, getting big saves from goaltender Braden Holtby and making what proved to be a decisive second-period surge.

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