NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Atlanta
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Carolina 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Johan Hedberg finished with 27 saves as the streaking Atlanta Thrashers downed the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, in a Southeast Division battle at Philips Arena.
Marty Reasoner, Eric Perrin and Slava Kozlov each scored a goal for the Thrashers, who have won their past five games.
"It's huge," said Hedberg about the winning streak. "It's been a very important stretch for us, even though it's early in the season. Right now we are back into it and we are feeling good about ourselves."
Rod Brind'Amour and Tuomo Ruutu each had a goal while Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their past three games.
"We've got to be better," said Carolina center Eric Staal. "I'm counted on to score and have to bring my head and work hard and eventually they will fall. We need to work on things like this. We need to bring our game and do our job. Everyone is frustrated."
Atlanta grabbed the lead near the middle of the opening period. On a 2-on-1 break, Colby Armstrong, from the right side, slid the puck under the defenseman's stick to Reasoner, who wristed a shot that beat Ward on the shortside at the 9:41 mark of the frame.
Hedberg was busy in the first frame and had to make 11 stops to keep Carolina off the board.
The Thrashers took a 2-0 lead at the 3:32 mark of the second. Eric Boulton had the puck at the left side and passed it over to the right for Perrin, who wristed it over the glove of a sliding Ward.
Carolina, though, cut its deficit in half on the power play as Ruutu flew down the left wing and from the left circle beat Hedberg over the glove on a wrister with 2:13 left in the second.
Skating on the man advantage, Atlanta regained its two-goal lead. A good keep at the blue line resulted in the puck going to Bryan Little. From the left circle, Little threw the puck to the low right side where Kozlov banged it home at the 4:12 mark of the third.
The Hurricanes made it a one-goal game again later in the third on the power play. Ray Whitney had the disc at the right circle and fired a quick, cross- ice pass over to Brind'Amour, who wristed the puck home with 5:59 to play.
Atlanta had to survive another Carolina power play and furious pressure once Ward was pulled for the extra attacker, but Hedberg came up with the saves and the team held on for the win.
Atlanta plays in Philly on Sunday...Carolina hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday...The last time Atlanta won five straight was from February 26-March 8, 2007...Atlanta has won both games against Carolina this season...Carolina went 2-for-6 on the power play while Atlanta finished 1-for-7.
11/14 22:51:35 ET