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Karl B DeBlaker, Associated Press
Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15), of Finland, shoots the puck past New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1), of Sweden, for a goalduring the second period of an NHL hockey game with Hurricanes Alexei Ponikarovsky (23), of Ukraine, and Devils Kurtis Foster (2) nearby in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal and was credited with a bizarre empty-netter, leading the Carolina Hurricanes past the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday night.

Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart scored in the second period, and Tim Gleason and Tim Brent each had two assists for the Hurricanes.

Sutter's empty-net goal came at the end of a strange sequence. Ilya Kovalchuk's errant pass for Adam Henrique from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left.

Cam Ward finished with 23 saves for Carolina, which is in last place in the Southeast Division but has earned points in six of eight games.