Carolina at Atlanta

    Hurricanes stop Thrashers, but lose Samsonov wire reports

    ATLANTA -- Jeff Skinner scored 1:17 into the third period, Cam Ward made 32 saves and Carolina beat Atlanta 1-0 in a preseason game Saturday night marred by an injury to the Hurricanes' Sergei Samsonov.

    Samsonov was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was tripped by Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on a rush and crashed into the end boards with 18:05 left in the game. The team said Samsonov was taken to a hospital for observation and that he had full feeling in all his extremities.

    Skinner knocked a lose puck past Atlanta goalie Chris Mason after a shot by Erik Cole. Mason, signed by the Thrashers as a free agent in the offseason, made 28 saves.

    Carolina improved to 2-2, and Atlanta dropped to 0-2.

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    It's a scary moment when Sergei Samsonov is carted off on a stretcher after hitting the wall headfirst. (AP)
    It's a scary moment when Sergei Samsonov is carted off on a stretcher after hitting the wall headfirst. (AP)
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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
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    1:17Jeff Skinner - Assist: Erik Cole
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    1st Period
    3:27Zach Boychuk: high-sticking - minor
    6:13Noah Welch: interference - minor
    14:18Bryan Little: tripping - minor
    16:39Fredrik Pettersson: tripping - minor
    2nd Period
    :35Jay Harrison: hooking - minor
    6:26Eric Staal: elbowing - minor
    7:35Spencer Machacek: hooking - minor
    13:52Chad LaRose: interference - minor
    14:07Fredrik Modin: hooking - minor
    3rd Period
    1:55Dustin Byfuglien: tripping - minor
    6:37Jay Harrison: fighting - major
    6:37Anthony Stewart: fighting - major
    6:59Jon Matsumoto: holding - minor
    11:01Tim Gleason: instigator - minor
    11:01Tim Gleason: fighting - major
    11:01Tim Gleason: misconduct - misconduct
    11:01Ben Eager: goaltender interference - minor
    11:01Ben Eager: fighting - major
    14:31Noah Welch: slashing - minor
    15:51Tobias Enstrom: delay-of-game - minor
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