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Raleigh, n.c. — Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-1 last night in ex-Penguin Jordan Staal’s first game against his former team.

Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, Alexander Semin added two assists and Jeff Skinner scored a goal in his first game back from a concussion.

The Southeast Division co-leaders erased an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three goals in a span of 6 minutes, 14 seconds and won for just the second time in six games.

Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, who entered leading the Atlantic Division but were held without a power-play goal for the first time since Feb. 2.

Cam Ward made 26 saves for Carolina.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Penguins, who have lost the first two games of a three-game road swing.

Blackhawks 3, Blues 0

St. Louis — Jonathan Toews scored twice, and Ray Emery and Corey Crawford combined on a shutout as the Blackhawks extended their NHL-record season-opening points streak to 20 games.

Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which was coming off a 6-0-1 homestand and improved to 9-0-2 on the road. The Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row overall, have earned 37 out of a possible 40 points this season with a 17-0-3 start.

Sabres 4, Panthers 3 (so)

Sunrise, Fla. — Nathan Gerbe scored two goals, Ryan Miller made 38 saves and Buffalo beat struggling Florida in a shootout.

Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville both scored in the tiebreaker for Buffalo.

Maple Leafs 5
Islanders 4 (ot)

Uniondale, n.y. — Nazem Kadri notched his first career hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:11 of overtime to give Toronto a victory over New York.

Phaneuf’s fourth goal of the season lifted Toronto to its third straight win and fourth in five games at New York.

The Maple Leafs have six wins in their last nine games against the Islanders. James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 9-4 on the road.

 The Islanders say they are aware of goalie Rick DiPietro’s comments about depression and suicide, and plan to handle the matter internally.

DiPietro, placed on waivers and then sent to the minors last week, said in an interview with News 12 Long Island that he has fought depression and pondered suicide because of his history of injuries, the weight of a giant contract and the team’s constant losing.

The 31-year-old goalie later told reporters his comments about suicide shouldn’t be taken literally because he simply intended to credit the support of his wife during his trying time with the Islanders.

DiPietro said his rash of injuries the past several seasons plus taunting from fans pushed him to consider driving himself “into a tree.” He also told the television station that being waived last week felt like the Islanders had “ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet.”

“We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement Thursday. “We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”

DiPietro has struggled over the past five seasons. The top overall pick of the 2000 NHL entry draft signed a 15-year, $67.5 million deal in September 2006. He will have eight years and $36 million remaining on the contract after this season.

The Islanders could seek a buyout for DiPietro’s contract this summer.