After falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in five consecutive contests, the Thrashers finally end the cycle. The Canes played a lackluster first, and Atlanta took advantage.
Eric Boulton’s penalty (boarding) gave Canes their chance at an extra-man goal, but unlike the Thrashers, Carolina continued their power-playless streak. In fact, the team was unable to convert on three opportunities Wednesday night.
Tobias Enstrom added to the downfall to make it 2-0 with 6:32 remaining in the first.
Second period poured new life into the RBC Center thanks to Troy Bodie and his first goal as a Cane.
“It was good to get on the board,” said Bodie. “You go through the whole season and you wonder if you’re going to even get it. It’s a big weight off my shoulders.”
The assist for the much-needed goal was to the credit of Bryan Allen and Patrick Dwyer. Shortly after the excitement, Dwyer took a high puck to the mouth and headed to the locker room. However, he was quickly back in action.
Atlanta is no stranger to overtime. The Thrashers have played in more OT than any other team, 23 to be exact. The experience paid off in dividends. Tim Stapleton tipped one in off of Hainsey just a minute and a half in the extra stretch to win 3-2.
Yes, Canes earned a point. However, we mearly tied in points with the Sabres at 72. Buffalo still holds eight.
In order for the Hurricanes to move up the rankings, we have to find a way to get those extra-man goals. Power-plays continue to be a thorn in the Hurricanes’ skate. A power-play goal would have won this game.
One could also argue the line changes impacted the results. It will be interesting to see Paul Maurice’s actions going into Friday’s game with Washington. The Capitals currently reside at #2 in the Eastern Conference Standings.
Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Cory Stillman, Eastern Conference Playoffs, Eric Boulton, Erik Cole, Ondrej Pavalec, Rob Schremp, Tim Stapleton, Troy Bodie, Tuomo Ruutu