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Kaberle OT penalty shot leads Hurricanes past Preds

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes went from
controlling play for two periods to watching a two-goal lead vanish
with help from a bizarre ricochet off the glass by a dumped-in
puck.

It still wasn't enough to derail their growing home-ice
advantage.

Frantisek Kaberle scored on a penalty shot midway through
overtime and Rod Brind'Amour added two goals to lead the Hurricanes
past the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Friday night, giving Carolina
its sixth straight win.

Andrew Hutchinson and Erik Cole also scored for Carolina, which
beat one of the Western Conference's top teams for the second time
this week. The Hurricanes, who defeated Central Division-leading
Detroit on Tuesday, moved into a tie with Philadelphia with an
NHL-best 62 points.

Cory Stillman added three assists for a team that has a
league-best 19 home wins.

Kaberle was awarded his penalty shot when Scott Hartnell -- who
was trying to stop a rush up ice by Carolina -- threw his stick
along the ice to slow Kaberle as he skated in for a breakaway
against Tomas Vokoun. Kaberle didn't get off a shot then, but took
advantage right after.

Kaberle hesitated as he took the puck to the left side and
flipped it by Vokoun at 2:31 of the extra period to give Carolina
an 11-0-1 home mark the past month. Vokoun was then called for a
misconduct, apparently for tossing his stick into the boards as he
left the ice.

That capped a wild night that saw Carolina blow a 3-1
third-period lead and later surrender an overtime-forcing goal with
about a minute left in regulation. It also came with the team
already thin on its back line as defensemen Mike Commodore and Bret
Hedican were lost for stretches with injuries.

"I think the character of this team showed through,"
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said.

Martin Erat scored a pair of third-period goals for the
Predators. Steve Sullivan and Kimmo Timonen each added goals, and
Vokoun made 28 saves despite being under steady pressure.

The Predators needed a strong third period and a fluke bounce on
Timonen's dump-in off the boards to tie it 3-3 in a game that Erat
ultimately said the team "didn't deserve to win."

"That's the way things go once in a while," Timonen said. "We
were bad in the first period. There were too many chances for them,
and when you fall back 3-1, it's hard to come back against a good
team."

Erat scored off a feed from Paul Kariya early in the third to
make it 3-2. The Predators tied it when Timonen's toss off the
boards drew goalie Martin Gerber behind the net. The puck took an
odd bounce and slid past Gerber, who made a diving attempt to get
back to the crease in time.

Brind'Amour put Carolina ahead on the power play late in the
third, pushing a rebound of his own shot underneath Vokoun at
15:56. That man advantage came when Erat was given four penalty
minutes for high-sticking Hedican while the two were chasing the
puck. The hit, which appeared to be inadvertent, left Hedican
bleeding on the ice before he was helped to the bench while holding
a towel to his nose.

But Erat made up for his mistake with about a minute left,
taking a give-and-go pass from Kariya and beating Gerber from the
right circle to force overtime.

"We seem to find a way to make it interesting for everybody,"
Brind'Amour said. "That's not the way it should've went. The first
two periods we should've scored more ... but we hung in there."

Game notes
Hedican returned to the game, but Commodore stayed out
after sustaining a lower body injury in the second period. Carolina
was already without defensemen Aaron Ward (hernia surgery) and Glen
Wesley (right knee). ... Sullivan's first-period goal extended his
point streak to four games (four goals, two assists). ...
Brind'Amour's first-period goal was the seventh scored short-handed
for Carolina this season. ... The Predators recalled D Shea Weber
from Milwaukee of the AHL. Weber had two shots in 12:34 of ice
time.