ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie center Eric Staal scored two goals as
Carolina defeated Atlanta 4-1 Saturday night in an NHL preseason
Staal, the second overall pick in June's draft, broke a
scoreless tie at the 12:45 mark of the first period by wristing a
shot past Thrashers goalie Byron Dafoe.
Dafoe, playing his second game in as many nights because
scheduled starter Pasi Nurminen was scratched due to a sore back,
gave up four goals on 26 shots.