NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Carolina
(Saturday, January 13th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Carolina 3 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored the winning goal in the shootout to guide the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
Kozlov was the first shooter and he snapped a wrister into the left corner of the net. Kari Lehtonen then kept Carolina off the board when he made a pad save on a Ray Whitney backhander.
Marian Hossa scored on a wrist shot that beat Cam Ward over the right shoulder. Justin Williams had to score to keep the game alive, but his wrist shot went over the net and Atlanta won the game.
Scott Mellanby, Glen Metropolit and Bobby Holik each scored a goal for the Thrashers, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Lehtonen finished with 24 saves.
"I think it was a huge effort on the part of our guys, even when (Carolina) scored their third goal early in the third period everyone stayed on track and Bobby Holik gave us that big goal," said Atlanta coach Bob Hartley. "There were power plays on both sides and some huge kills for us and we found a way to win it in OT."
Williams, Whitney and Dennis Seidenberg each tallied a goal for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ward stopped 23 shots in the losing effort.
"It's always tough when you lose in a shootout," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. The game, and what you are trying to accomplish in the game is over, and it's down to breakaways. I like (shootouts), and I'm in favor, it's just tough when you don't have a successful shootout."
Atlanta grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:54 into the game when Mellanby banged in a rebound from a shot by Garnet Exelby.
Carolina tied the game when Williams snapped a wrist shot from the right circle that went over the glove of Lehtonen 5:38 into the first.
The Thrashers, though, took a 2-1 lead into the locker room when, while on the power play, Greg de Vries sent a pass from the right point to the low left circle where Metropolit one-timed it past Ward with 62 seconds left.
The Hurricanes tied the game in the second period when Erik Cole sent a pass from the low left side to the right where Whitney banged the puck into the net at the 9:29 mark.
The Carolina defense clamped down on Atlanta in the second period and limited them to just three shots.
Recently acquired Seidenberg gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with his second goal of the season just 27 seconds into the third period.
The Thrashers, though, tied the game when Holik's slap shot from just inside the blueline rose above the glove of Ward with 9:33 left in the third.
Before the game, Atlanta recalled defenseman Mark Popovic from its American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago...Hossa will represent Atlanta in the All- Star game while Eric Staal and Williams will represent Carolina...The Hurricanes travel to Florida for a game on Tuesday...Atlanta hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday...Carolina is 0-3 in the shootout this year.
01/13 22:50:48 ET