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Streaking Thrashers win fifth straight
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ATLANTA — Slava Kozlov scored his ninth goal of the season and Atlanta tied a team record with its fifth consecutive win, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night.

Marty Reasoner had his third goal in two games against the Hurricanes and the Thrashers improved to 7-7-2 after a dismal start that included six losses in a row just before the winning streak.

Johan Hedberg made 27 saves for Atlanta after stopping 35 shots in a 5-2 victory at Carolina on Sunday and Eric Perrin scored his first goal of the season for the Thrashers.

Tuomo Ruutu and Rod Brind’Amour had power-play goals for the Hurricanes (8-7-2), with Brind’Amour’s sixth coming with 5:59 remaining. Carolina has lost three straight.

Atlanta scored at 9:41 of the first period as Reasoner took a pass from Colby Armstrong off a two-on-one break and flipped the puck past goalie Cam Ward. The veteran center, who has four goals, scored twice at Carolina on Sunday.

Carolina was caught out of position again and Perrin took a cross-ice pass from Eric Boulton and blasted a wrister by Ward at 3:32 of the second period.

The Hurricanes cut the Atlanta lead in half on a power-play goal by Ruutu with 2:13 remaining in the second period. Ruutu took a pass from Eric Staal and beat Hedberg high to the glove side on a wrist shot for his sixth goal. Staal, the MVP of last season’s All-Star Game in Atlanta, had gone five games without a point.

Atlanta scored with three seconds left in a 5-on-3 power play at 4:12 of the third period to push its lead back to two goals. Bryan Little hit Kozlov with a pass at the right doorstep and the veteran winger converted.

Atlanta had lost five consecutive games to the Hurricanes until winning in Carolina and the Hurricanes had won four straight in Atlanta before Friday.Notes: The Thrashers debuted their new alternate jerseys, which are red rather than blue. They will be worn for 13 more home games, including all meetings with Southeast Division rivals. ... Thrashers regular goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who earlier missed time because of the flu, has a sore back. He last played Oct. 30. ... Hurricanes right wing Patrick Eaves (shoulder) sat out his fourth consecutive game.

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