NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Atlanta
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Manny Legace stopped 27 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season, as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-0, in a Southeast Division showdown at Philips Arena.
Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won eight of nine. Brandon Sutter, Joni Pitkanen, and Rod Brind'Amour also lit the lamp for the victors.
"They (Thrashers) are so talented you just got to be on top of your game all night," Legace said. "My defense played phenomenal in front of me all night long."
Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 29-of-33 shots for the Thrashers, who have dropped two in a row.
Sutter's power-play goal with 3:03 left in the first period proved to be all the Hurricanes would need. Legace needed to make only four saves over the first 20 minutes.
Pitkanen's wrister from the slot found the back of the net with 4:25 remaining in the middle stanza, making it a 2-0 contest. Legace put forth his best performance in the second, stopping 14 shots.
The Hurricanes' lead grew to three on Brind'Amour's wrister at the 2:38 mark of the third. Jokinen's tip-in on the power play at 5:57 made it 4-0.
Legace made nine saves in the final frame to secure the victory.
"The game was obviously not what we wanted to happen," Thrashers head coach John Anderson said. "There is still time. We have to lick our wounds and get right back at it."
Legace collected his first shutout since April 5, 2008...Atlanta had won three straight at home coming into Sunday...The Hurricanes went 2-for-7 on the power play, while Atlanta went 0-for-3 with the man advantage...Carolina and the Thrashers have split four meetings this season.
03/07 20:05:07 ET