Sun, Oct 15, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Whitney wins it at the wire for Hurricanes

AT LAST A last-gasp goal by Carolina finally gave the reigning Stanley Cup champions something to celebrate as they sneaked past the Thrashers for the season's first win

AP , ATLANTA

Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa, right, of Slovakia, checks Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore as they vie for the puck during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Friday in Atlanta.

PHOTO: AP

Ray Whitney scored on a tip-in with one-half second left in the third period on Friday night, lifting Carolina past Atlanta 4-3 for the defending Stanley Cup champions' first win of the season.

Cam Ward stopped 31 shots for the Hurricanes, which had started the season 0-3-1.

Whitney's first goal of the season followed a shot by Eric Staal.

Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen gave up three first-period goals and then shut out the Hurricanes until Whitney's game-winner.

Craig Adams scored two goals for Carolina.

Jon Sim scored two goals in a 22-second span in the second period for Atlanta, which opened the season 3-0-1.

Sabres 3, Red Wings 2, SO

In Detroit, Ales Kotalik's shootout goal kept Buffalo undefeated.

Daniel Briere also scored for the Sabres in the shootout, their third in four games this season. Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit's only shootout goal.

Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek scored in regulation for Buffalo (4-0-0) and Ryan Miller made 41 saves.

Jason Williams had both of Detroit's goals and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves.

Panthers 3, Lightning 2

In Sunrise, Florida, the Panther's Jay Bouwmeester scored with nine minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Alexander Auld made 21 saves as Florida handed Tampa Bay its third straight loss.

Juraj Kolnik and Nathan Horton also scored for Florida, which has won seven of its last eight home games against the Lightning. Olli Jokinen had two assists for the Panthers.

Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Clark scored for Tampa Bay and Johan Holmqvist had 24 saves.

Sharks 6, Canucks 4

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Curtis Brown and Mike Grier both beat Roberto Luongo on third-period breakaways to lift San Jose to a victory that spoiled Vancouver's home opener.

Patrick Marleau, Christian Ehrhoff, Patrick Rissmiller and Ville Nieminen also scored for San Jose.

Markus Naslund scored his 300th goal as a Canuck, tying Trevor Linden for the franchise record and Kevin Bieksa netted his first NHL goal for Vancouver, which has lost three straight after winning its first two.

Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund also scored for the Canucks.

Vesa Toskala, who made 21 saves to improve to 3-0 this season, got an assist on Brown's shorthanded goal.

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