'Canes 5, Thrashers 4

Carolina 1 1 3 – 5

Atlanta 1 2 1 – 4

First period:

1, Atlanta, White 12 (Hainsey, Kozlov), 10:58 (pp). 2, Carolina, LaRose 8 (Kaberle, Whitney), 18:56.

Penalties:

Walker, Car (goalie interference), 10:11; Thorburn, Atl (tripping), 11:31.

Second period:

3, Carolina, Eaves 1 (Whitney, Sutter), 5:58. 4, Atlanta, Little 15 (Hainsey, Kozlov), 18:14 (pp). 5, Atlanta, Little 16 (Kozlov, White), 19:57 (pp).

Penalties:

Schneider, Atl (holding), 10:43; Gleason, Car (hooking), 17:13; Pitkanen, Car (hooking), 19:03.

Third period:

6, Carolina, Staal 15 (Whitney, Corvo), 7:27 (pp). 7, Atlanta, Little 17 (Havelid, Kozlov), 9:52. 8, Carolina, Staal 16, 10:42. 9, Carolina, Staal 17, 11:58.

Penalties:

Hainsey, Atl (interference), 3:50; Little, Atl (tripping), 7:19.

Shots on Goal:

Carolina 14-10-15–39. Atlanta 9-17-5–31.

Power-play opportunities:

Carolina 1 of 4; Atlanta 3 of 3.

Goalies:

Carolina, Ward 12-8-3 (31 shots-27 saves). Atlanta, Hedberg 6-7-2 (39-34).

A:

16,012 (18,545).

T:

2:19.

Referees:

Tom Kowal, Dan O'Rourke.

Linesmen:

David Brisebois, Pierre Champoux.