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Adams wins it with less than a second left in OT

3/5/2004

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 two-on-none rush.

"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.

Game notes
Atlanta LW Brad Larsen left the game with a rib injury. ...
Carolina D Aaron Ward, who's missed the past 19 games after surgery
to repair ligaments in his left wrist, has resumed practicing and
might return Monday night at Columbus. ... The Thrashers missed a
chance to tie their franchise record with their 15th home victory
of the season. They're 14-14-4-1 this season after going 15-19-4-3
in 2002-03.