Final

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Wednesday, September 21st
Jets4Final
Hurricanes5
Game 2: Saturday, September 24th
Hurricanes2Final
Jets4

Jets 4

(0-3-0, 0 pts)

Hurricanes 5

(2-0-1, 5 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 21, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WPG 1 2 14
CAR 1 3 15

Top Skaters

Carolina 5, Atlanta 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Josef Vasicek scored two goals and Andrew Hutchinson had five assists as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 Wednesday night.

Vasicek scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 1:41 left.

"I was trying to go wide and it just opened up so I put it in," Vasicek said.

Carolina spent most of the exhibition game on the power play with Atlanta called for 19 penalties. The Hurricanes were able to convert three of 15 power-play chances.

"The power-play guys have got to be exhausted," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "But I thought they did a pretty good job of moving the puck around. It was nice to get the last one. We were getting frustrated there in the third period."

Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said his team still was getting used to way the officials are calling penalties.

"We had some guys that were playing their first game," Hartley said. "There's a transition period and we just have to get used to the new application. You have to think out there because as soon as you get your stick up or get your arm out you're going to be sitting in the (penalty) box. It's easy to talk about and it's easy to watch it on video but once you're on the ice, you only get a split second to think about it."

Carolina was called for seven penalties and the Thrashers were 1-of-4 on the power play.

Despite outshooting Atlanta 38-13, Carolina never led by more than one goal.

Vasicek's first goal came on a rebound Atlanta goalkeeper Adam Berkhoel was unable to control. Vasicek was all alone when he slammed the puck into the goal.

Atlanta tied it at 1-1 later in the first period on a goal by Peter Bondra, playing in his first preseason game.

The teams traded goals in the second period. Justin Williams gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Shane Hnidy scored for Atlanta to make it 2-2 at 10:53. Mike Commodore and Mike Zigomanis added goals for Carolina, which led 4-3 entering the final period.

Carolina goalkeeper Cam Ward was relieved by Justin Peters at the start of the third period. Ward faced eight shots and made five saves in two periods of work. Peters stopped four of five shots.

Atlanta center Patrik Stefan was injured with 7:44 left after a hard open-ice collision with Erik Cole. Stefan was carried off the ice on a stretcher after an eight-minute delay and taken to the hospital for a CAT scan.

No further information was available on his condition.

"He seemed to me moving a little bit towards the end so hopefully that is a good sign," Hartley said. "He was going for a loose puck and both guys collided. They didn't have much time to react. You never like to see any players go down. The doctors were in there very quickly."

Atlanta's Jean-Pierre Vigier tied the game 4-4 on a power-play goal with 7:26 left. That was one of the few bright spots in the final 20 minutes for Atlanta, which had seven penalties in the period.

Atlanta didn't manage a shot in the first 10 minutes of the final period.

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