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O'NEILL NETS 28th IN 'CANES 2-1 OVERTIME WIN

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
PHOENIX (FEB. 7, 2001) -- The Carolina Hurricanes started a four-game roadtrip on the right foot with a 2-1 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes at America West Arena.

Hurricanes wingman Jeff O'Neill netted the game-winner at :25 of overtime with a snapshot that beat former Carolina goaltender Sean Burke. The goal was O'Neill's 28th of the season and seventh in the last five games.

Defenseman David Tanabe earned his second point of the game with the lone assist on O'Neill's goal. Tanabe beat Burke on the power play at 14:30 of the second period to tie the game 1-1.

"Tanabe made a good pass to me and I got off a nice snapshot," said O'Neill. "It's a great way to start the trip. We played hard and deserved to win."

In the second period, the Hurricanes held Phoenix to two shots on goal tying a franchise-season-best. Carolina outshot the Coyotes 23-19 in the contest.

"It was a fantastic start to our roadtrip," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "We played a great second period."

Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe allowed only one goal in his 40th consecutive start. Irbe has appeared in the Hurricanes last 41 games, a franchise record. Reportedly, backup goaltender Tyler Moss will start in Carolina's match-up against Los Angeles.

With the win at Phoenix the Hurricanes improved their season road record to 10-11-3-2 and their record against Western Conference opponents to 4-9-2-0.

NOTES: On the Hurricanes' last two trips to Phoenix before tonight, the Coyotes led 3-1 after the first period... Forward Bates Battaglia was a healthy scratch for the second straight game... Rookie winger Craig Adams returned to the lineup after playing four games with the Hurricanes' top minor league affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League... Carolina forwards Rod Brind'Amour and Martin Gelinas had their eight game point streaks broken tonight... O'Neill's goal extended his point streak to five games (1/27-2/7: 7g, 2a).

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

TOTAL

Carolina

0

1

0

1

2

Phoenix

1

0

0

0

1

First Period: Scoring: 1, Phoenix, Tkachuk 23 (Roenick, Carney), 9:02. Penalties: Ylonen, Pho (high sticking), 7:00; Karpa, Car (interference), 10:04; Malik, Car (high sticking), 12:14; Hatcher, Car (slashing), 14:26.­
Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Tanabe 3 (power play) (Francis, Kapanen), 14:30. Penalties: Ylonen, Pho (Delay of game), 1:12; Oneill, Car (slashing), 2:10; May, Pho (slashing), 4:39; Vaananen, Pho (boarding), 13:41; Oneill, Car (charging), 19:11.­
Third Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Vaananen, Pho (elbowing), 9:13; Lemieux, Pho (cross checking), 11:09.­
Overtime: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Oneill 28 (Tanabe), 0:25. ­

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina

6

11

5

1

--23

Phoenix

9

2

8

0

--19

Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 6, Pho - 0 of 5. Goalies: Carolina, Irbe (19 shots, 18 saves; record: 23-18-6). Phoenix, Burke (23, 21; record: 18-13-10). A:12,138. Referees: Trottier, Watson. Linesmen: Bonney, Mcelman.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

Carolina

Phoenix

G

A

+/-

Shots

G

A

+/-

Shots

Adams
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0

0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0

even
even
-1
+1
+1
even
even
-1
even
-1
even
-1
+1
even
even
+1
-1
even

0
2
2
1
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
2
3
2
1
2
1
3

Alatalo
Briere
Carney
Green
Juneau
Lemieux
Letowski
Lumme
May
Neckar
Numminen
Roenick
Suchy
Sullivan
Tkachuk
Vaananen
Wilson
Ylonen

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0

0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0

even
even
+1
even
even
even
even
-1
even
+1
-1
even
even
even
even
even
even
+1

0
0
0
0
3
0
2
3
2
0
1
3
0
0
1
2
0
2

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