ATLANTA (AP) _ Kevyn Adams couldn't believe it. With the Carolina Hurricanes
short-handed in the final minute of overtime, he failed to convert a
``You just don't get those types of chances,'' Adams said.
Seconds later, he made up for it.
Adams scored on a breakaway with less than a second left in overtime and the
Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 Friday night.
``I just didn't get that first shot high enough,'' Adams said. ``I was
kicking myself over that. Then, who would believe you'd get another chance, on
a breakaway even? Amazing.''
Adams skated in alone on goaltender Pasi Nurminen in the final seconds, and
his shot scooted into the net with about a half-second left on the clock. The
officials reviewed the goal and allowed it to stand.
Earlier, Nurminen thwarted that two-man rush by Adams and Bret Hedican, but
the Thrashers turned over the puck again to set up the winning goal.
``With 38 seconds left in the game, and us short-handed, I don't think
anyone was expecting a two-on-oh, followed by a breakaway,'' Carolina center
Ron Francis said. ``But that's exactly what happened.''
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre tied it for Atlanta with 12.4 seconds left in
regulation, fighting off Francis to poke in the rebound of a shot by Ilya
Kovalchuk. Patrik Stefan also scored for the Thrashers, who went 0-for-9 on the
power play and had a three-game winning streak snapped.
``We have to remember we got a point out of this game,'' Nurminen said. ``We
were two goals behind and came back.''
Rod Brind'Amour and Jeff O'Neill had goals in a dominating second period for
the Hurricanes, who are 3-0-1-1 in their past five road games.
``It's one of the most exciting regular season games I've ever been part
of,'' said Carolina goaltender Kevin Weekes, who had 32 saves. ``They have a
very skilled lineup and strong power play, so to be successful, you need to
simplify things, so you have a clear view of the puck.''
The Hurricanes outshot Atlanta 11-5 in the second and kept the pressure on
Nurminen, finally scoring the first goal at 5:21.
After Thrashers defenseman Ivan Majesky misplayed the puck, Carolina broke
out on a three-on-one. Brind'Amour and Hedican passed the puck back and forth,
and Brind'Amour finally skated by defenseman Andy Sutton and beat Nurminen with
a quick shot.
Later, with Grand-Pierre off for a high-sticking penalty, Nurminen stopped a
shot with his pads, but the puck bounced in the air. He tried to snare it with
a swipe of his glove, but missed.
O'Neill was there on the doorstep for the easy goal, stuffing the puck in
the open net.
``We played well for the first two periods, but they came out and tied it up
with a couple of great goals,'' Adams said. ``Give them credit for that, but
give us credit for being resilient enough to come back and get the win.''
Kovalchuk missed the net on a breakaway early in overtime, the Thrashers'
best chance in the extra period.