|CAR||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|ATL||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
ATLANTA (AP) _ Kevyn Adams couldn't believe it. With the Carolina Hurricanes short-handed in the final minute of overtime, he failed to convert a two-on-none rush.
``You just don't get those types of chances,'' Adams said.
Seconds later, he made up for it.
Adams scored on a breakaway with less than a second left in overtime and the Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 Friday night.
``I just didn't get that first shot high enough,'' Adams said. ``I was kicking myself over that. Then, who would believe you'd get another chance, on a breakaway even? Amazing.''
Adams skated in alone on goaltender Pasi Nurminen in the final seconds, and his shot scooted into the net with about a half-second left on the clock. The officials reviewed the goal and allowed it to stand.
Earlier, Nurminen thwarted that two-man rush by Adams and Bret Hedican, but the Thrashers turned over the puck again to set up the winning goal.
``With 38 seconds left in the game, and us short-handed, I don't think anyone was expecting a two-on-oh, followed by a breakaway,'' Carolina center Ron Francis said. ``But that's exactly what happened.''
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre tied it for Atlanta with 12.4 seconds left in regulation, fighting off Francis to poke in the rebound of a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk. Patrik Stefan also scored for the Thrashers, who went 0-for-9 on the power play and had a three-game winning streak snapped.
``We have to remember we got a point out of this game,'' Nurminen said. ``We were two goals behind and came back.''
``It's one of the most exciting regular season games I've ever been part of,'' said Carolina goaltender Kevin Weekes, who had 32 saves. ``They have a very skilled lineup and strong power play, so to be successful, you need to simplify things, so you have a clear view of the puck.''
The Hurricanes outshot Atlanta 11-5 in the second and kept the pressure on Nurminen, finally scoring the first goal at 5:21.
After Thrashers defenseman Ivan Majesky misplayed the puck, Carolina broke out on a three-on-one. Brind'Amour and Hedican passed the puck back and forth, and Brind'Amour finally skated by defenseman Andy Sutton and beat Nurminen with a quick shot.
Later, with Grand-Pierre off for a high-sticking penalty, Nurminen stopped a shot with his pads, but the puck bounced in the air. He tried to snare it with a swipe of his glove, but missed.
O'Neill was there on the doorstep for the easy goal, stuffing the puck in the open net.
``We played well for the first two periods, but they came out and tied it up with a couple of great goals,'' Adams said. ``Give them credit for that, but give us credit for being resilient enough to come back and get the win.''
Kovalchuk missed the net on a breakaway early in overtime, the Thrashers' best chance in the extra period.
|Rod Brind'Amour (7) ASST: Bret Hedican (15), Kevyn Adams (7)|
1 - 0 CAR
|PPG - Jeff O'Neill (14) ASST: Ron Francis (19), Erik Cole (18)|
2 - 0 CAR
|Patrik Stefan (11) ASST: Shawn Heins (4), Dany Heatley (7)|
2 - 1 CAR
|SHG - Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre (2) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (36), Shawn McEachern (35)|
2 - 2 Tie
|SHG - Kevyn Adams (8) ASST: Niclas Wallin (4)|
3 - 2 CAR
|Ilya Kovalchuk Interference|
|Bret Hedican Interference against Patrik Stefan|
|Allan Rourke Tripping against Shawn McEachern|
|Niclas Wallin Roughing|
|Jeff O'Neill Interference on goalkeeper|
|Radim Vrbata Hooking - Obstruction against Ilya Kovalchuk|
|Dany Heatley Interference - Obstruction against Niclas Wallin|
|Ivan Majesky Tripping against Josef Vasicek|
|Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre Hi-sticking against Kevyn Adams|
|Derek MacKenzie Interference on goalkeeper|
|Kevin Weekes Hi-sticking against Derek MacKenzie|
|Bret Hedican Cross checking against Derek MacKenzie|
|Craig Adams Tripping against Jeff Cowan|
|Rod Brind'Amour Tripping against Dany Heatley|
|Shawn Heins Holding against Erik Cole|
|Sean Hill Holding against Shawn McEachern|
|Ilya Kovalchuk Slashing|
|SA: 34||TOI: 64:32|
|Saves: 32||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 2||PP: 12 - 12|
|SV%: .941||SH: 1 - 2|
|SA: 34||TOI: 64:56|
|Saves: 31||EV: 21 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .912||SH: 3 - 4|