Vasicek scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 1:41
"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
Atlanta didn't manage a shot in the first 10 minutes of the
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