Once Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward wandered into a strange neighborhood, he decided the best thing to do was just act like he belonged there.

Ward planted himself in the slot and scored with 1 minute 8 seconds left in overtime to complete Carolina's 3-2 come-from-behind victory Friday night over the Thrashers in Atlanta. Ron Francis and Jeff O'Neill scored in the final 6:14 to tie the game.

"It was an unusual spot for me, that's for sure," said Ward, who scored his first goal of the season. "But once I saw all of their players go into the corner, I just felt I should get in front of the net."

Once he was there, Tomas Malec found him with a pass from behind the net and Ward slid it between the pads of Atlanta's Byron Dafoe.

"I normally don't see a lot of ice in overtime," Ward said. "But with [Bret Hedican] out of the lineup, you look around and figure you have to be ready to get out there."

* BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1: Steve Sullivan scored twice, and Jocelyn Thibault stopped 28 shots in Chicago.

Sullivan, who recorded his second two-goal game this season, beat Columbus' Marc Denis twice in a 3:01 span of the second period.

* PANTHERS 3, SABRES 0: In Buffalo, Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in his 12th career shutout.

* BLUES 3, COYOTES 3: Keith Tkachuk scored twice for host Phoenix and Ladislav Nagy scored twice for St. Louis.