ATLANTA (AP) – Frantisek Kaberle scored 32 seconds into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Eric Staal had two goals in the Carolina’s first victory over Atlanta in three meetings this season.

Kaberle’s fourth goal of the season came on a slap shot from the left circle that ricocheted off the right goal post and behind Thrashers goalie Michael Garnett.

Marc Savard had a goal and an assist to lead Atlanta.

Staal scored both his goals in the second period, first on a power play at 2:04 and then on short-handed breakaway at 7:37 to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead.

Bobby Holik tied it at 3 with 21 seconds left in the second. Atlanta was still on a power play just seconds after ending a two-man advantage when Savard sent a pass from the goal line to Holik in the middle of the left circle.

Carolina, which lost 5-2 Sunday in the first game of the home-and-home series, had lost four of five after winning 13 of 15.

The Thrashers ended a two-game winning streak, getting to a franchise-best 16 points in November.

Greg de Vries gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead 1:13 into the game on a slap shot from the top of the right circle that sailed under goalie Cam Ward’s pads.

Savard’s 11th goal 2:26 later put Atlanta up 2-0.

Carolina’s Justin Williams cut the lead to 2-1 at the 14:09 mark of the first with his ninth goal, a wrist shot over Garnett’s right shoulder.

Ward stopped 28 shots for Carolina, and Garnett 19 for Atlanta.

Notes: Thrashers leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk skated off the ice with 13:16 remaining but soon returned after a collision with Kevyn Adams sent him crashing into the boards behind Atlanta’s goal line. … Staal’s short-handed goal was his second of the season, third of his career. … The Thrashers allowed their third short-handed goal this season, but first at home. … Bondra recorded his 22nd career assist against the Hurricanes. … Carolina is now 7-3-1 on the road.

AP-ES-11-29-05 2201EST


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