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Reasoner scores twice, Hedberg makes 35 saves as Thrashers top Hurricanes 5-2

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Marty Reasoner scored two goals and Johan Hedberg made 35 saves to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Atlanta's fourth straight win halted a five-game losing streak to Carolina.

The Thrashers, who started winless in six road games, have now won two straight on the road. They also got goals from Ron Hainsey, Jason Williams and Ilya Kovalchuk.

Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney scored for Carolina. Goalie Cam Ward stopped 17 shots for the Hurricanes.

Atlanta had to fight back twice from being down a goal in the second period before defenceman Hainsey started a flurry for the Thrashers in which they scored four straight goals on nine shots.

Reasoner got Atlanta on the board when he scored on a rebound near the left circle to cancel a goal by Brind'Amour and make it 1-1 at 3:36. Whitney gave Carolina a 2-1 lead on a breakaway at 5:50.

Hainsey tied it midway through the second period before Williams and Kovalchuk scored to give the Thrashers control.

Williams, who has been hot for Atlanta with four goals in the last three games, tallied on the power play for the Thrashers after snapping up a rebound of a shot by Kovalchuk and snapping it by Ward to make it 3-2 with five minutes left in the second period.

Kovalchuk gave Atlanta an insurance goal with 1:37 left in the second when he crept into the crease and deflected a centring pass from Williams by a defenceless Ward.

Reasoner added an unassisted goal six minutes into the third period.

Ward had his first loss in regulation in seven games against the Thrashers.

Carolina outshot Atlanta 37-22. Atlanta was 1-of-3 on the power play, while Carolina was 0-of-4 with the man advantage.

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