NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Carolina|
(Wednesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Carolina 4 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa's power-play goal with just 32
seconds left in overtime lifted the Atlanta Thrashers to a 5-4 win over the
Carolina Hurricanes in the opener of a home-and-home series at the RBC Center.
Carolina's Glen Wesley was called for hooking with 1:05 left in overtime and
Atlanta used the power play wisely. With time winding down, Ilya Kovalchuk had
the puck at the right circle and passed it down to the left side where a
flying Hossa redirected it past Cam Ward for the win.
Kovalchuk finished the game with a goal and three assists while Mark Recchi
added a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have won two of their last
three. Johan Hedberg made 32 saves in the win.
Eric Staal and Ray Whitney each had a goal and an assist while Ward was lit up
for five goals on 14 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of their
last five games.
These teams will meet in Atlanta on Friday.
Slava Kozlov got the scoring in the game started at the 3:06 mark as his 12th
goal of the season gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead, but Carolina answered just
39 seconds later as Tim Gleason's left point shot was deflected into the net
Kovalchuk, though, gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead with 7:34 left in the first on a
brilliant goal. Skating into the Carolina end, Kovalchuk stickhandled past two
Carolina defenders and quickly went from the backhand to the forehand and
snapped the puck into the right corner of the net for his 33rd goal of the
Atlanta got the only goal of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Todd White
won a right circle faceoff and drew the puck back to the left where Kovalchuk
snapped a quick one-timer on net that Ward stopped, but Recchi tucked in the
rebound with 5:43 left in the frame.
Hedberg stopped eight shots in the middle period.
Carolina, though, tied the game with a pair of goals separated by just 1:19 in
On the power play, Whitney blasted a one-timer from the left point that
Hedberg stopped, but Staal tapped in the rebound at the 8:10 mark.
Andrew Ladd then tied the game as he accepted a feed from Scott Walker out
front, and, on his second attempt, got a low backhander past Hedberg to make
it a 3-3 contest.
The Thrashers again grabbed the lead as Kovalchuk grabbed a loose puck and
dished it out front to Bobby Holik, who tapped it in for a 4-3 lead with 5:59
left in the third.
However, Holik took a slashing penalty just 38 seconds later and Carolina took
advantage. Erik Cole shot the puck from a sharp angle at the right side of the
net that Hedberg slowed down, but it retained enough momentum to cross the
goalline for a 4-4 game with 4:31 left in regulation.
Kovalchuk's second assist of the game was the 200th of his career...Atlanta's
Eric Boulton left the game in the first period with a sprained knee and did
not return...Cole, who has nine goals on the season, scored for the first time
at home this season...Atlanta has won four of the last five games against
Carolina...Atlanta went 2-for-2 on the power play while Carolina finished 2-
01/02 22:04:33 ET