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REVIEW: HURRICANES 5, ATLANTA 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Sami Kapanen scored twice and Ron Franciscollected his 1,100th career assist as the Carolina Hurricanesvaulted to the top of the Southeast Division with a 5-3 victoryover the Atlanta Thrashers.

Carolina, which has won all six regular-season meetings with Atlanta, is6-2-0-1 in its last nine games and one point in front ofWashington for first place in the Southeast. The Capitals lostto the New York Rangers, 3-2, tonight.

Kapanen gave Carolina a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 3:06of the second period before tallying again 4 1/2 minutes intothe third. He took a feed from Francis and fired a shot fromthe top of the right faceoff circle past goaltender MilanHnilicka for a 4-2 advantage.

Frantisek Kaberle halved the deficit just under three minuteslater but fellow defenseman Dave Karpa helped the Hurricanesregain the two-goal lead with a goal with 10:02left.

Arturs Irbe made 18 saves for his fifth win in six decisions.

Playing in his 900th career game with the Carolina / Hartfordfranchise, Francis picked up the milestone assist on defensemanSandis Ozolinsh's goal 72 seconds into the second period thattied the game, 1-1.

1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Carolina0325
Atlanta1113

First Period: Scoring: 1, Atlanta, Ferraro 11 (Audette, Brunette),2:26. Penalties: Tanabe, Car (high sticking), 6:24; Karpa, Car (roughing),15:54; Tamer, Atl (roughing), 15:54.
Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Ozolinsh 4 (Francis), 1:12. 3,Carolina, Kapanen 6 (power play) (Willis, Tanabe), 3:06. 4, Atlanta,Audette 11 (Brunette, Ferraro), 6:43. 5, Carolina, T Westlund 2 (JDaniels, Langdon), 8:01. Penalties: Kallio, Atl (holding stick), 1:53;Gelinas, Car (interference), 13:04; Karlsson, Atl (tripping), 16:47.
Third Period: Scoring: 6, Carolina, Kapanen 7 (Francis, Willis), 4:28.7, Atlanta, Kaberle 2 (unassisted), 7:11. 8, Carolina, Karpa 2 (Dimaio,Malik), 9:58. Penalties: Dimaio, Car (slashing), 14:04; Tamer, Atl(slashing), 14:04; Karpa, Car (misconduct), 14:54; S Staios, Atl(slashing), 14:54.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina13127--32
Atlanta

6
4
11
--21

Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 4, Atl - 0 of 4. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (21 shots, 18 saves; record: 10-8-3). Atlanta, Hnilicka (29, 24;record: 6-9-2), Fankhouser (10:02 of 3rd period, 3, 3). A:00,000. Referees: Faucette, Kowal. Linesmen: Mcelman, Orourke.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

CarolinaAtlanta
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
-3
-3
+1
+2
-1
+1
-2
even
+2
+4
+1
even
-2
+3
+1
-2
+1
+2
2
2
4
1
1
4
0
0
3
1
0
0
2
5
2
0
3
2
Audette
Brunette
Burt
Domenichelli
Donovan
Ferraro
Guolla
Kaberle
Kallio
Karlsson
Odgers
S Staios
Stefan
Svartvadet
Sylvester
Tamer
Tremblay
Vyshedkevich
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
+3
+3
even
-1
-1
+3
-1
+1
-1
-1
-2
-2
-2
-2
-1
even
even
-1
4
2
0
1
1
3
1
2
1
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
2
0
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