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Atlanta
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41-33-8
Carolina
Hurricanes
52-22-8

36 SOG
19 SOG
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game recap

Thrashers 9, Hurricanes 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 9, Hurricanes 0
Atlanta Thrashers 9, Carolina Hurricanes 0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers put up some more big numbers at the Carolina Hurricanes' expense.

A night after scoring a career-high four goals against Tampa Bay, Kovalchuk had two more goals to help the Thrashers set a franchise scoring record in a 9-0 victory over Southeast Division-leading Carolina on Saturday night.

"Kovalchuk started us again with another of his rockets," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "Then we just kept building and they got into penalty problems and we took advantage of them."

The Thrashers, who broke the team mark of eight goals, snapped Carolina's franchise-record winning streak at nine games. It was Carolina's first loss since falling in overtime at Toronto on Oct. 20 and its first loss of the season at home.

Atlanta scored on its first two shots, with Kovalchuk and Scott Mellanby beating Martin Gerber. Gerber, who had two shutouts in his previous three games, was pulled after Mellanby's goal with 9:03 left in the period.

The loss was the worst for the Hurricanes since the team moved from Hartford. Mike Dunham played the first period in goal for Atlanta and stopped all five shots he faced before being relieved by Adam Berkhoel with a 5-0 lead at the start of the second period. Dunham left for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.

Kovalchuk opened the scoring a with a low slap shot from just inside the blue line at 8:25 of the first. Mellanby made it 2-0 at 10:57.

Cam Ward relieved Gerber with the Hurricanes down 2-0. But Ward didn't fare much better because of a soft defensive effort in front of him, according to Carolina coach Peter Laviolette.

"It's not the goalies," Laviolette said. "It was the team. We lost tonight. Let's leave it at that."

Bobby Holik, Jim Slater and Kovalchuk rounded out Atlanta's first-period scoring for a 5-0 lead. In the second period, Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries scored. Serge Aubin and Peter Bondra scored in the third.

"Sometimes that happens," Bondra said. "I know how it feels to lose eight or nine to nothing. It can be frustrating but it was good for us. This was a team that was hot the last nine games. It seemed like any puck we touched went our way."

Marc Savard had four assists for Atlanta and became Atlanta's leading scorer with 24 points.

Atlanta survived a 5-on-3 power play after Jaroslav Modry and Niclas Havelid were called for hooking penalties in the first two minutes of the first period.

"The turning point was the 5-on-3 that we killed early," Hartley said. "If they scored on that they're a confident team and they would have built on that goal. Our penalty killing has been very good and we got some saves from Dunham on that 5- on-3."

Carolina was held to a season-low 19 shots and committed a season-high 17 penalties for 53 penalty minutes. The Thrashers were 4-of-13 with the man advantage.

Notes: Carolina was shut out at home for the first time since losing 3-0 to Columbus on March 2, 2004 ... Atlanta had its first shutout on the road since March 27, 2004, against Florida. ... Atlanta, which outshot the Hurricanes 36-19, has outshot seven of its last nine opponents. ... Carolina's Eric Staal was held pointless for the first time in 10 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:25
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (10) ASST: Marian Hossa (13), Marc Savard (15)
1 - 0 ATL
10:57
ATL
Scott Mellanby (2) ASST: Marian Hossa (14)
2 - 0 ATL
14:51
ATL
PPG - Bobby Holik (4) ASST: Marc Savard (16), Peter Bondra (10)
3 - 0 ATL
18:28
ATL
Jim Slater (2) ASST: Niclas Havelid (7)
4 - 0 ATL
19:37
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (11) ASST: Marc Savard (17), Vyacheslav Kozlov (11)
5 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
00:54
ATL
Marian Hossa (9) ASST: Marc Savard (18), Serge Aubin (3)
6 - 0 ATL
18:42
ATL
PPG - Greg De Vries (2) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (12), Peter Bondra (11)
7 - 0 ATL
3rd Period
00:46
ATL
PPG - Serge Aubin (3) ASST: Jaroslav Modry (4), Greg De Vries (11)
8 - 0 ATL
14:34
ATL
Peter Bondra (9) ASST: Jim Slater (2)
9 - 0 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:08
ATL
Jaroslav Modry  Hooking against  Erik Cole
01:28
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Hooking against  Erik Cole
06:08
ATL
Bobby Holik  Hi-sticking against  Bret Hedican
08:54
CAR
Niklas Nordgren  Hooking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
13:14
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Hooking against  Scott Mellanby
14:21
CAR
Erik Cole  Tripping against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
16:41
ATL
Serge Aubin  Tripping against  Oleg Tverdovsky
18:15
CAR
Radim Vrbata  Hooking against  Peter Bondra
18:54
CAR
Mike Commodore  Cross checking against  Andy Sutton
2nd Period
04:48
ATL
Marc Savard  Hooking against  Erik Cole
07:15
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Cross checking against  Radim Vrbata
08:06
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
14:24
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
14:24
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Boulton
14:24
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Jesse Boulerice
14:24
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Charging against  Jesse Boulerice
16:50
CAR
Kevyn Adams  Roughing against  Garnet Exelby
16:50
CAR
Kevyn Adams  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Garnet Exelby
3rd Period
00:31
CAR
Justin Williams  Tripping against  Jim Slater
04:14
CAR
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  Andy Sutton
04:14
CAR
Mike Commodore  Misconduct (10 min) against  Andy Sutton
05:06
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Hi-sticking against  Bret Hedican
05:06
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Hi-sticking against  Bret Hedican
05:31
CAR
Erik Cole  Hi-sticking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
07:33
CAR
Matt Cullen  Hooking against  Garnet Exelby
10:51
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Roughing against  Garnet Exelby
10:51
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Misconduct (10 min)
17:50
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Justin Williams
goalie stats
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 5TOI: 20:00
Saves: 5EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Adam Berkhoel
Adam Berkhoel
SA: 14TOI: 39:56
Saves: 14EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Martin Gerber
SA: 3TOI: 10:53
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .333SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
SA: 33TOI: 48:51
Saves: 26EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 17
SV%: .788SH: 2 - 2