Bodie returns to NC, but not as a Hurricane. (Photo Courtesy Jamie Sabau/Getty Images North America)

Thrashers Break Free of Canes Curse

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.

Rob Schremp’s wrist shot scored a on the power play. Tuomo Ruutu was served two minutes for hooking. Schremp’s 11th goal of the season came only 3:22 into the first.

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 goalie, Ondrej Pavelec, made the save of the game against a beauty by Cory Stillman. The stop didn’t distract winger from setting up Erik Cole for his 19th that tied the contest 2-2.

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.

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Tags: 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

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