Canes “quietly sneaking up on teams”

The Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner scored two goals as the Canes beat Tampa Bay to move within seven points of NHL playoff position. “We’re quietly sneaking up on teams,” Canes coach Kirk Muller said. “We’re putting points together. We’re playing some good road hockey right now. Really, we’re doing it as a team.”

The Lightning fell five points behind eighth-place Washington in the playoff race.

Southeast Division
Team W L OT Pts
Florida 31 23 13 75
Washington 34 28 6 74
Winnipeg 32 29 8 72
Tampa Bay 31 30 7 69
Carolina 26 27 15 67