Thrashers score nine to shock division-leading Hurricanes

Associated Press
Published November 13, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. - Ilya Kovalchuk scored two more goals to help the Atlanta Thrashers set a franchise scoring record in a 9-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes on Saturday night.

The Thrashers, who broke the team mark of eight goals, snapped Carolina's franchise-record winning streak at nine. It was Carolina's first loss since falling in overtime at Toronto on Oct. 20 and first home loss.

Atlanta scored on its first two shots, with Kovalchuk, who had a career-high four goals Friday night in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay, and Scott Mellanby beating Martin Gerber. Gerber, who had two shutouts in his previous three games, was pulled after Mellanby's goal with 9:03 left in the period.

The loss was the worst for the Hurricanes since the team moved from Hartford. Mike Dunham played the first period in goal for Atlanta and stopped all five shots he faced before being relieved by Adam Berkhoel with a 5-0 lead at the start of the second period. Dunham left for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.

Kovalchuk opened the scoring with a low slap shot from just inside the blue line at 8:25 of the first. Mellanby made it 2-0 at 10:57.

Cam Ward relieved Gerber with the Hurricanes down 2-0.

Bobby Holik, Jim Slater and Kovalchuk rounded out Atlanta's first-period scoring for a 5-0 lead. In the second period, Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries scored. Serge Aubin and Peter Bondra scored in the third.

Marc Savard had four assists to become Atlanta's leading scorer with 24 points.

FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 4: Mike Knuble hopped the boards at the perfect moment for Philadelphia, scoring a short-handed goal with 3.2 seconds left after jumping off the bench for a shift change, catching the puck and rifling a slap shot from the right circle past visiting Florida's Jamie McLennan.

Peter Forsberg had his NHL-best 25th assist and Robert Esche stopped 26 shots. Gagne is tied for the NHL goal lead with the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr.

PREDATORS 3, BLUES 1: Scott Hartnell scored twice in the second period to help host Nashville hand St. Louis its 11th straight loss.

LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 4 (OT): Jeff O'Neill scored a power-play goal 4:13 into overtime. Visiting Toronto's Jason Allison scored the tying goal on a strange play with 2:28 remaining that had to be reviewed by video. Referees originally waved off a goal when the puck came off the top of the net and bounced off Jose Theodore's back before the Montreal goalie trapped the puck between his right pad and the left post.

COYOTES 2, DUCKS 1 (OT): Zbynek Michalek beat visiting Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere 3:09 into overtime to break the tie set by Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf's goal at13:57 in the second period.

RANGERS 6, PENGUINS 1: Jaromir Jagr got his 12th career hat trick late in the third at Pittsburgh. Jagr has five multigoal games. He has 101 multigoal games in his career.

ISLANDERS 5, BRUINS 2: Host New York's Mike York scored his 100th NHL goal and teammate Trent Hunter snapped a 12-game scoring drought with 6:15 left.

DEVILS 3, CAPITALS 2: New Jersey, only 5-for-24 on the power play in its previous five games, got all three goals on the power play. Grant Marshall scored the winner late in the second period. Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the host Devils.

SENATORS 6, SABRES 1: Dany Heatley scored twice to extend his club-record scoring streak to 15 games, and Derek Roy scored his first goal of the season for visiting Buffalo.

CANADIENS RETIRE NO. 12: Though never teammates, Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer shared a number with Montreal for 28 years. The two Hall of Famers looked on together as their No. 12s were raised to the rafters to cap a ceremony before Montreal's game against Toronto.

Moore played 14 seasons with the Canadiens from 1951-63 and won consecutive scoring titles with Montreal in 1958-59, and Cournoyer, given Moore's No. 12 as a rookie in 1963, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1973 and was nicknamed "Roadrunner" for his breakaway speed.