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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Carolina

(Friday, March 12th)

Final Score: Carolina 4, Atlanta 2

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Justin Williams scored midway through the second period to snap a tie and help Carolina to a 4-2 win over Atlanta at the RBC Center.

Erik Cole and Craig Adams both finished with a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who snapped a five-game home winless streak (0-3-1-1) and won for the second time in three overall. Bret Hedican also scored, while Kevin Weekes made 23 saves.

"This is my fourth year and it's time for myself, as well as a few other guys, to start making a name for yourself and show you're a leader and show you want to be out there", Williams said.

Shawn McEachern and Patrik Stefan both scored for the Thrashers, who are winless in their last four (0-2-1-1). Ilya Kovalchuk added two assists.

Carolina went into the second intermission ahead 2-1 on Williams' 11th goal of the season. He converted with 8:06 left in the second period on a pass from Eric Staal.

The Hurricanes' lead grew to 3-1 less than a minute into the third period. Hedican beat Pasi Nurminen with a one-timer from the right point 45 seconds into the stanza.

Nurminen, Atlanta's goaltender, made 20 saves.

"Pasi was very good tonight," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "I felt he gave us the chance to win."

Less than a minute later, Stefan's 12th goal of the year brought the Thrashers within 3-2. He tapped in a pass from Kovalchuk through the crease.

Cole capped the scoring for Carolina with an empty-net goal with 35 seconds to play. Weekes turned away seven of eight shots in the final 20 minutes.

Adams staked the Hurricanes to a 1-0 lead with 6:59 left in the first period. His fifth goal of the season came on a wrist shot.

Atlanta forged a 1-1 tie at 3:33 of the second on the McEachern's power-play goal. He converted a wrist shot near the crease.

A roughing penalty on Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward led to the goal.

Game Notes

Rod Brind'Amour delivered two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won four of the last five meetings in the series...The Thrashers fell to 2-10-1 all-time in Carolina...The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 18-3-4.

03/13 01:38:16 ET

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