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In their first game since last week's bus crash that seriously injured four players and a broadcaster, the Albany River Rats picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in Bridgeport last night.

Hurricanes rookie Brandon Sutter, sent to Albany on a two-week conditioning assignment, and Jerome Samson scored for the Rats.

In a classy move, Bridgeport named Albany acting captain Pat Dwyer the game's first star, in recognition of the team's return to the ice.

Defenseman Brett Carson, who was hurt in the crash and unable to play, filled in for injured radio analyst John Hennessy on the broadcast.

After the game, it was back on the road for a 3 1/2-hour overnight trip to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The River Rats play there Friday, in Syracuse on Saturday and return home on Sunday to face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

At that game, their first home game since the accident, the River Rats will honor the emergency personnel and hospital workers who helped them in the wake of the crash, arranging for their transportation and setting them up in a luxury suite — another classy move.


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I wish the Rats were closer to Raleigh.

These guys are an inspiration to Hurricanes fans. I bought my husband two River Rats T-shirts this Christmas. He likes to wear them to Canes games. I've love to go up to Albany for a game.

Good stories there after a

Good stories there after a bad scene. Best thoughts to all those injured, tear 'em up Sutter, and GO RATS!

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or