Originally created 01/02/00

Hurricanes top Thrashers



ATLANTA -- Ron Francis, Sami Kapanen and Paul Ranheim each had a goal and an assist Saturday night as the Carolina Hurricanes broke a four-game road losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Kapanen scored the game-winner 6:08 into the third period with a wrist shot on the stick side of Atlanta goalie Scott Fankhouser. Standing just outside the crease, Kapanen took a pass from Francis to score his team-high 15th goal.

Francis, who increased his team-points lead to 33, gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with his 10th goal. Francis scored 4:11 into the second by knocking in a rebound of Kapanen's wraparound shot.

Ranheim forged a 1-1 tie at the 13:02 mark of the first with a shot from the top of the left circle. He was also credited with an assist on Robert Kron's shot from the top of the right circle when the Hurricanes went up 4-2 with 8:43 left to play.

The Hurricanes won for the second time since rallying from a two-goal deficit in the first period to beat Atlanta 4-2 on Dec. 18.

Atlanta, which dropped to an league-worst 8-25-4, had only three shots on Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe in the third. Irbe, who made 24 saves, raised his record to 12-12-7.

Fankhouser, making his second career start, fell to 0-2-1 after stopping 25 shots. The Thrashers are 1-10-2 in 13 games.

Nelson Emerson put Atlanta up 1-0 only 35 seconds into the game with a shot from the top of the right circle.

Atlanta's Ray Ferraro was standing in the crease when he tied it 2-2 12:44 into the second.