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REVIEW: NASHVILLE 7, HURRICANES 4

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Martin Gelinas scored his 400th career NHL point and Jeff O'Neill extended a four-game points streak but the Nashville Predators still dealt the Hurricanes a loss, 7-4 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Carolina were 5-1-0-1 in their previous seven games, but after the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead, Nashville scored four times in a span of 7:51 to snap their three-game losing streak and set a franchise mark for goals in a game in the team's third season.

Rookie forward Josef Vasicek scored Carolina's first goal and assisted on Gelinas' score.

The game was delayed 15 minutes with 9:37 left when Nashville's Scott Hartnell, the youngest player in the NHL at 18, was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit by Darren Langdon.

Notes: Gelinas' assist on Carolina's first goal was his 400th career point.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Nashville4037
Carolina1214

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Vasicek 4 (Dimaio, Gelinas), 5:48.2, Nashville, Robitaille 2 (power play) (Ronning, Walker), 10:58. 3,Nashville, Robitaille 3 (Watt, Hulse), 15:11. 4, Nashville, Walker 5(Ronning), 16:53. 5, Nashville, Kjellberg 3 (Hartnell, Ronning), 18:49.Penalties: Vasicek, Car (interference), 10:30; Hulse, Nas (hooking),11:25.
Second Period: Scoring: 6, Carolina, Gelinas 6 (Vasicek), 16:42. 7,Carolina, Karpa 1 (Battaglia, Brindamour), 17:08. Penalties: Francis, Car(tripping), 0:50; Timonen, Nas (interference), 13:39.
Third Period: Scoring: 8, Nashville, Watt 1 (Johnson), 0:21. 9,Nashville, Classen 1 (Robitaille, Cisar), 7:23. 10, Nashville, Johnson 2(Hulse, Timonen), 8:58. 11, Carolina, Gelinas 7 (Tanabe, Dimaio), 10:07.Penalties: Willis, Car (cross checking), 0:58; Legwand, Nas (holdingstick), 10:46; Skrastins, Nas (boarding), 11:18.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Nashville13135--31
Carolina

8
20
6
--34

Power-play Conversions: Nas - 1 of 3, Car - 0 of 4. Goalies: Nashville,Vokoun (34 shots, 30 saves; record: 5-8-3). Carolina, Irbe (13, 9), Moss(start of 2nd, 18, 15; record: 1-4-0). A:10,827. Referees: Maguire, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Brisebois, S Provost.

POST-GAME QUOTES
CAROLINA HURRICANES
VS.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS
NOVEMBER 26, 2000

CAROLINA HURRICANES HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:
“Well, we came out of the gate the way we wanted to – we were concerned that after four road games you have a tendency to have a rough start in your first home game and we basically did what we wanted to do – rattled around, got the lead - through the first 13 or 14 minutes. A couple of wobblers and you’re down 4-1. I don’t think we’ve given that much up but none the less, Arturs (Irbe) has put us in position to win games before so, occasionally that will happen.

On the game:
“We played very well until about the 13 minute mark of that third period and then we dumped a lot of pucks in the second the first half didn’t get a lot generated but it set us up for a good second. Just the start of the third period, that’s disappointing – you lose control the puck three times and couldn’t get it deep – twice at their blue line and once at ours we turned it over.”

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ:

On the game:
“I can’t explain it. We did absolutely nothing different than we did the other two games. Pucks went in—it’s just like a ball player some nights, you go 0-for-5 and the next night you’re 4-for-5 and you haven’t change a thing. You took your cuts… We just did the same thing that we did the last two nights—just the pucks went in tonight.”

On playing against Irbe:
“We knew he’s not a big goaltender so you have to traffic and a couple of our goals we did and I think we caught him guessing… He sort of got caught in-between. I think on Walker’s goal he wanted to go down and we put it upstairs; he had a piece of it and it just sort of rolled up his back. When he’s on, he probably makes that save, but the key was that we were able to get some traffic and get people to the net early and just get some pucks in.”

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