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Carolina 6, Detroit 4
Posted: Friday November 29, 2002 10:19 PM
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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Jan Hlavac five months too late.

Hlavac scored three power-play goals and Rod Brind'Amour added three assists as the Hurricanes defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 6-4, in the first meeting between the teams since last June's Stanley Cup Finals.

After bouncing between three teams since the end of the 2001-02 season, Hlavac landed in Carolina in a four-player deal on November 1.

After collecting two goals and five assists in his first 10 games with the Hurricanes, the 26-year-old Czech posted his third career hat trick to lead Carolina to its first regular-season victory over Detroit since December 12, 1998, a span of six contests.

Jeff O'Neill and Sami Kapanen each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who exploded for five power-play goals in nine opportunities.

Kevin Weekes allowed two goals on eight shots before leaving the game in the first period with a concussion. But Arturs Irbe played well in relief, stopping 18 shots to gain the win.

Brett Hull scored twice for the Red Wings, giving him five goals in as many games. However, Detroit saw its road winless streak climb to three (0-2-1-0).