NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Atlanta
(Wednesday, November 1st)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney each tallied two goals and two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes continued their dominance of the Atlanta Thrashers this season with a 5-2 victory at Philips Arena.
Scott Walker scored the other goal and Erik Cole and Justin Williams each added two assists for the Hurricanes, who have beaten Atlanta in all three matchups thus far this season.
"We scored timely goals," said Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. "We had the right opportunities at the right times and we made good on our chances."
Cam Ward made 40 saves for Carolina, which has won two straight and three of four.
Marian Hossa and Vitaly Vishnevski each scored a goal for the Thrashers, who have dropped two straight and four of their last five games.
Kari Lehtonen gave up four goals on 13 shots before being pulled late in the second period. Johan Hedberg took over the netminding duties and stopped all four shots he faced.
The Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead in the first with goals separated by 40 seconds.
On a odd-man rush, Cole dropped the puck to Brind'Amour at the right point and Brind'Amour immediately fired it to Whitney down low on the left side. Whitney attempted to send it back to Cole, but the puck bounced off a defender. Whitney, though, regained control of the puck and shelved it over the right shoulder of Lehtonen at the 10:14 mark.
Moments later, a blast from Walker at the top of the left circle beat Lehtonen on the glove side for Walker's eighth goal of the season.
The Thrashers cut their deficit in half Vyacheslav Kozlov dished the puck from the slot to Hossa at the left side and Hossa flicked it over the right shoulder of Ward at the 3:58 mark of the second.
Carolina, though, responded with two goals extend their lead to 4-1.
Whitney had the puck behind the net and flicked a centering pass to Brind'Amour, who gathered the puck and fired a shot over the glove of Lehtonen at the 8:31 mark of the second.
Whitney got his second goal of the night when he snapped a wrister into the left corner with 4:51 left in the middle stanza.
Lehtonen was replaced after the goal and Hedberg took over.
"That's just the way it sometimes goes," said Lehtonen. "I didn't think they were good shots. I just couldn't help this team at all tonight."
The Thrashers had a golden opportunity late in the period when they had 1:27 of a two-man advantage, but Carolina limited the opportunities and skated into the second intermission with a three-goal advantage.
Atlanta made it a 4-2 game when Vishnevski took a feed at the blueline, skated into the zone and from the low left side flipped the puck over the left shoulder of Ward with 12:30 left in the game.
Ward, though, kept the puck out of the net the rest of the way and Brind'Amour's empty-net goal with 1:26 to play sealed the win.
The Hurricanes host Montreal on Thursday...Atlanta travels to Washington for a contest on Friday...Brind'Amour played in his 1,200th game and is now one point away from 1,000 for his career...Hossa recorded his 500th career point...Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk had a six-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak snapped...Carolina went 0-for-5 on the power play while Atlanta scored on one of its 10 advantages.
11/01 23:25:39 ET