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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Atlanta



(Friday, March 5th)

Final Score: Carolina 3, Atlanta 2 (OT)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Kevyn Adams scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway with less than a second remaining in overtime to lift Carolina to a 3-2 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena.

Rod Brind'Amour and Jeff O'Neill both scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-1-1). Kevin Weekes made 18 of his 32 saves in the third period.

Patrik Stefan and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre both scored for the Thrashers, who went 0-for-9 on the power play and had their three-game winning streak snapped. Pasi Nurminen finished with 31 saves.

"We have to remember we got a point out of this game," Nurminen said. "We were two goals behind and came back."

Grand-Pierre's shorthanded goal with 12.4 seconds to go forced overtime. Ilya Kovalchuk fired a one-timer from between the circles. The rebound went to the right circle, where Grand-Pierre swept the puck into the net.

Atlanta held an 18-3 shot advantage in the third and failed to score on three power plays.

Less than a minute into overtime, Kovalchuk had a breakaway, but couldn't convert on a backhand.

Nurminen faced 10 shots in the extra session. Seconds after stopping a 2-on-0 rush by the Hurricanes, Nurminen couldn't stop a low shot by Adams as time expired.

"It's one of the most exciting regular season games I've ever been part of," said Weekes. "They have a very skilled lineup and strong power play, so to be successful, you need to simplify things, so you have a clear view of the puck."

After a scoreless first period, Brind'Amour put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 at 5:21 of the second period. His seventh goal of the season came on a backhand shot in the slot.

With 2:54 left in the second, O'Neill tapped in a power-play goal to give Carolina a 2-0 edge. As a rebound off a wrist shot by Ron Francis deflected off Nurminen, O'Neill reached into the crease and slapped it into the net.

The Thrashers dominated the early moments of the third period. Stefan pulled them within 2-1 just 44 seconds into the third with a high wrist shot from right faceoff circle.

Less than a minute later, Andy Sutton appeared to score for Atlanta on a one- timer from the center point. But a whistle for coincidental minors negated the goal.

Dany Heatley's snap shot, just over three minutes into the third period from the right circle, hit the right goalpost.

Carolina forward Eric Staal had a breakaway with just over three minutes left in the third, but couldn't convert.

Game Notes

O'Neill scored the 198th goal of his career for Carolina, which improved to 4-1-2-2 in its last nine games overall and improved to 2-6-1 on Fridays this season...The Hurricanes had won three of the last four meetings in the series.

03/06 01:49:38 ET


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