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Thrashers 3, Hurricanes 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 3, Hurricanes 2
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3

ATLANTA (AP) -The Atlanta Thrashers are finally starting to get coach John Anderson's system. Better late than never.

"They're recognizing things that a month ago I never thought they'd get," the first-year coach said. "I wish we had October back."

Slava Kozlov scored his ninth goal of the season and Atlanta tied a team record with its fifth consecutive win, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night.

Marty Reasoner had his third goal in two games against the Hurricanes and the Thrashers improved to 7-7-2 after a dismal start that included six losses in a row just before the winning streak.

Johan Hedberg made 27 saves for Atlanta after stopping 35 shots in a 5-2 victory at Carolina on Sunday and Eric Perrin scored his first goal of the season for the Thrashers.

"It's been a very important stretch for us," said Hedberg, who stopped 35 shots in a 5-2 victory at Carolina on Sunday. "We are right back into it and feeling good about ourselves."

Tuomo Ruutu and Rod Brind'Amour had power-play goals for the Hurricanes (8-7-2), with Brind'Amour's sixth coming with 5:59 remaining. Carolina has lost three straight.

Atlanta scored at 9:41 of the first period as Reasoner took a pass from Colby Armstrong off a two-on-one break and flipped the puck past goalie Cam Ward. The veteran center, who has four goals, scored twice at Carolina on Sunday.

"It was a marginal call," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said of Niclas Wallin's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on top of a slashing infraction against Sergei Samsonov. "I disagreed with it."

Carolina was caught out of position again and Perrin took a cross-ice pass from Eric Boulton and blasted a wrister by Ward at 3:32 of the second period.

The Hurricanes cut the Atlanta lead in half on a power-play goal by Ruutu with 2:13 remaining in the second period. Ruutu took a pass from Eric Staal and beat Hedberg high to the glove side on a wrist shot for his sixth goal. Staal, the MVP of last season's All-Star Game in Atlanta, had gone five games without a point.

Carolina, which had beaten Atlanta five straight times before Sunday, has lost three consecutive games and is going in the opposite direction as the Thrashers.

"We've got to be better," said Carolina's Eric Staal, who broke a five-game pointless streak with an assist. "Everyone is frustrated."

Atlanta scored with three seconds left in a 5-on-3 power play at 4:12 of the third period to push its lead back to two goals. Bryan Little hit Kozlov with a pass at the right doorstep and the veteran winger converted.

Atlanta had lost five consecutive games to the Hurricanes until winning in Carolina and the Hurricanes had won four straight in Atlanta before Friday.

"We're starting to grow as a team and hopefully it will get even better," Anderson said. "We're on our way, but there are still things we have to learn."

scoring summary
1st Period
09:41
ATL
Marty Reasoner (4) Snap shot - ASST: Colby Armstrong (5)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
03:32
ATL
Eric Perrin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Boulton (1), Jim Slater (2)
2 - 0 ATL
17:47
CAR
PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (5), Dennis Seidenberg (7)
2 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
04:12
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Little (8), Ron Hainsey (8)
3 - 1 ATL
14:01
CAR
PPG - Rod Brind'Amour (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (10), Anton Babchuk (3)
3 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:10
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Hooking against  Ron Hainsey
05:16
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Tripping against  Tim Gleason
10:04
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Hi-sticking against  Eric Boulton
12:57
ATL
Marty Reasoner  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
04:42
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Slashing against  Anton Babchuk
09:54
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Jason Williams
14:30
CAR
Brandon Sutter  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:27
ATL
Bryan Little  Hooking against  Sergei Samsonov
19:41
CAR
Joe Corvo  Slashing against  Jim Slater
3rd Period
02:14
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Slashing against  Marty Reasoner
02:14
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
04:54
ATL
Boris Valabik  Roughing against  Scott Walker
04:54
CAR
Scott Walker  Roughing against  Boris Valabik
12:35
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Tripping against  Anton Babchuk
14:45
ATL
Boris Valabik  Holding against  Eric Staal
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 58:14
Saves: 22EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1
Johan Hedberg
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0