Manny Legace made 27 saves for Carolina's first shutout of the season, and Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist in the Hurricanes' 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday night.
Plagued by inconsistent efforts up and down the lineup and dragged down by injury, Carolina saw its conference cushion dwindle. Then, Eric Staal stepped up when his team needed it most.
So, the smoke is finally clearing on the NHL's annual day of shelf-stocking and dream-building. Winners? Losers? Scott Burnside looks at the top deals.