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Associated Press
10/13/2006 10:31:50 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - Ray Whitney scored on a tip-in with one-half second left in the third period Friday night, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes past the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3, the defending Stanley Cup champion's first win of the season.

Cam Ward stopped 31 shots for the Hurricanes, who were off to an 0-3-1 start.

An overtime period seemed inevitable until Whitney's first goal of the season in the final second. Whitney tipped in a shot by Eric Staal.

The last-second shot capped a frustrating night for Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who gave up three first-period goals and then shut out the Hurricanes until Whitney's game-winner.

Craig Adams scored two goals for Carolina.

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