ATLANTA (September 23, 2000) – The Hurricanes notched a pair of short-handed goals but the Atlanta Thrashers defeated a Carolina squad playing without several of its biggest stars Saturday night at Phillips Arena 3-2. Ray Ferraro scored the winning goal with less than five minutes to go in the third period for the Thrashers, handing Carolina its fourth loss of the preseason.
The Hurricanes, playing without Ron Francis, Jeff O’Neill, Sami Kapanen, Sandis Ozolinsh, and Arturs Irbe, got goals from Martin Gelinas and David Tanabe and a strong effort from goaltender Tyler Moss. Gelinas beat Thrashers goaltender Damian Rhodes short-handed at 12:04 of the first period on assists from Jeff Daniels and Marek Malik to tie the game at one. Tanabe scored his short-handed goal at 15:13 of the second period, assisted by Rod Brind’Amour, and tying the game at two. But Ferraro’s power-play goal in the third sealed the victory for Atlanta. In all, four of the five goals scored in the game occurred on the Thrashers’ power-play – two short-handed by Carolina and two power-play strikes by Atlanta.
Tyler Moss made the start for Carolina, and had 19 saves, including stopping a clean breakaway opportunity by Atlanta’s Brad Tapper.
The Hurricanes returned to Raleigh on Saturday night and will be a part of the First-Annual “Caniac Carnival” on Sunday. The “Caniac Carnival” takes place on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Admission and parking are free. The event features an open practice from 12:30-2 p.m., an autograph session with the entire team, locker room tours, photo opportunities, interactive exhibits and a Far Too Jones concert. For information, call (919) 467-7825.
The Canes will play two home exhibition games (Wednesday vs. Washington and Sept. 30 against Atlanta) before the season starts October 7.
For more information on training camp, contact Jerry Peters at (919) 861-5429 or Mike Sundheim at (919) 861-5477.
First Period: Scoring: 1, Atlanta, Tremblay 2 (power play) (Karlsson, Kaberle), 8:01. 2, Carolina, Gelinas 1 (shorthanded) (J Daniels, Malik), 12:04. Penalties: Willis, Car (interference), 4:58; Ferraro, Atl (hooking), 5:54; Macneil, Car (tripping), 6:49; Wallin, Car (holding stick), 9:47; Kuznik, Car (slashing), 11:16; Vyshedkevich, Atl (holding), 16:12.
Second Period: Scoring: 3, Atlanta, Tamer 1 (Svartvadet, Sylvester), 3:04. 4, Carolina, Tanabe 1 (shorthanded) (Brindamour), 15:13. Penalties: Karlsson, Atl (holding), 0:44; Macneil, Car (slashing), 4:05; Malik, Car (hooking), 13:16; Tamer, Atl (cross checking), 15:41; Skalde, Atl (charging), 16:21; Macneil, Car (interference), 19:31; Tamer, Atl (slashing), 19:31.
Third Period: Scoring: 5, Atlanta, Ferraro 1 (power play) (Kaberle), 15:42. Penalties: Macneil, Car (holding), 3:12; Sarault, Atl (boarding), 10:20; Willis, Car (hooking), 15:37; Buzek, Atl (holding), 16:13.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Atlanta 8 7 7 --22
Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 7, Atl - 2 of 8. Goalies: Carolina, Moss (22 shots, 19 saves; record: 0-2-0). Atlanta, Rhodes (25, 23; record: 1-1-0). A:13,719. Referees: Sutherland, Gregson. Linesmen: Brisebois, Orourke.