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DeFauw scores twice, including game-winner

3/11/2003

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Brad DeFauw will have a hard time topping
his NHL debut.

DeFauw scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:37
left as the Carolina Hurricanes held off the Columbus Blue Jackets
6-5 Monday night.

''This is my first time up so I was a little nervous and fired
up at the same time,'' said DeFauw, who had a team-high six shots.
''I wanted to come in and basically play hard. That's all I
expected right away.

''I guess things were going my way. I was at the right places at
the right times.''

Craig Adams and Kevyn Adams scored in the opening 7:12 to get
Carolina off to a fast start and give the club its first three-game
winning streak since Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

''That's obviously the way you want to start,'' Kevyn Adams
said. ''It seemed like we had them on their heels a little bit, but
you don't want to let teams back in the game.''

The Blue Jackets lost their sixth consecutive road game.

Columbus coach Doug MacLean thought the officials cost his team
the game, but his club -- the most penalized in the league -- was
called for just six minors for 12 minutes.

''We didn't have a chance, not with what was going on out there
on the ice,'' the coach said. ''Give me a break. Somebody should be
embarrassed about that. That's taking points away from a team that
played hard.''

Carolina, the defending Eastern Conference champions, was
3-22-4-3 in its previous 32 games before registering its third
three-game winning streak of what has been a disappointing season.

Andrew Cassels, Ray Whitney and David Vyborny added third-period
goals to tighten things up until DeFauw scored on the power play to
give the Hurricanes a 6-4 lead.

Geoff Sanderson added one for Columbus 11 seconds later, but the
Blue Jackets failed to score over the final 47.5 with their goalie
pulled.

Jeff O'Neill added his team-leading 27th as Carolina, last in
the league in goals, notched its first four-goal opening period
since Jan. 9, 2001 -- a 7-3 victory over Florida.

Columbus goaltender Marc Denis was replaced after DeFauw made it
3-0 less than 14 minutes in, but Carolina's first three goals were
more the result of defensive breakdowns by the team that has
allowed the most goals in the Western Conference.

DeFauw, who played college hockey at North Dakota, became the
fourth Carolina rookie this season to score in his NHL debut. Jeff
Heerema, Mike Zigomanis and Tomas Kurka also accomplished the feat.

Sean Hill picked the puck out of the net and gave it to DeFauw.

''I was still in awe. I couldn't believe it went in,'' the
rookie said of his first goal. ''I was so excited. It was an
unbelievable.''

Kevin Weekes, coming off a pair of shutouts, had his career-best
scoreless streak ended at 155 minutes, 47 seconds when Vyborny
scored on a short-handed breakaway 4:09 into the second.

Columbus has scored a league-leading 12 short-handed goals.

''There are always bigger things to focus on,'' Weekes said of
losing his shutout streak. ''All good things come to an end and
certain things aren't meant to go on forever as much as we would
like to try to make them.''

But Craig Adams notched the first two-goal game of his career
with 5:39 left in the second, scoring on a rebound at the tail end
of a five-on-three advantage as the Hurricanes pushed the lead back to
four.

Game notes
Carolina improved to 4-1-1-1 against teams from the Central
Division. ... O'Neill and Bret Hedican wore the A on their jerseys
for the first time this season with Rod Brind'Amour on injured
reserve and Glen Wesley traded to Toronto on Sunday. ... Denis has
played in 65 of 68 games. ... The Blue Jackets fell to 24-75-11-5
in their history on the road, including 23 defeats this season. ...
Columbus defenseman Duvie Westcott left the team to attend his father's
funeral.