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NHL: Carolina 4, N.Y. Rangers 2

Carolina Hurricanes' Chad LaRose (59) celebrates his go ahead goal during the third period of an NHL Hockey game against the New York Rangers in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2, 2009. LaRose had two goals in the Hurricanes 4-2 win. (UPI Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes' Chad LaRose (59) celebrates his go ahead goal during the third period of an NHL Hockey game against the New York Rangers in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2, 2009. LaRose had two goals in the Hurricanes 4-2 win. (UPI Photo/Karl DeBlaker) | License Photo

RALEIGH, N.C., April 2 (UPI) -- Chad LaRose and Rod Brind'Amour scored third-period goals less than 30 seconds apart Thursday to give Carolina a key 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

The Hurricanes won their seventh straight game and jumped past both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Carolina has just four games remaining in its regular season while Pittsburgh has five and Philadelphia six.

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New York, meanwhile, dropped into eighth place in the playoff chase. Montreal, which defeated the New York Islanders Thursday, moved one point in front of the Rangers.

The Rangers, who have four games remaining, are two points ahead of ninth-place Florida.

New York twice rallied from one goal behind, but LaRose put the Hurricanes in front for good with 7:35 to play. Brind'Amour followed 28 seconds later.

Cam Ward made 36 saves to win his seventh in a row.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed all four Carolina goals on just 23 shots.

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