Game Recap

Thrashers 2, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 2, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Atlanta Thrashers 2

Ryan Getzlaf nearly gave the Ducks another late game-tying goal, but his shot  with one second left in regulation rang off the Thrashers post and ended the team's night with a 2-1 defeat at Atlanta.

Unable to pull off a dramatic comeback victory for the second game in a row, Anaheim fell to 1-2 in the first three games of a season-long six-game road trip.

"I definitely knew where I wanted to go before I got it," Getzlaf said. "I got a good shot that unfortunately hit the outside of the post instead of the inside."

Despite the return of Saku Koivu, who had been out of the lineup since Jan. 14 with a sprained knee, the Ducks continued to experience problems on the power play. They went 0-for-4 on the night with the man advantage and have scored just five PP goals in their last 59 attempts.

"Our first power play we had seven or eight shots," Bobby Ryan said. "We lost momentum. Everybody was trying to do too much."

Maxim Afinogenov ended Atlanta's own power-play drought with a third-period goal to lift the Thrashers past the Ducks.

The Thrashers were 0 for 13 over a three-game stretch with a man advantage, including their first power play against Anaheim. But Afinogenov scored from the right circle 4:03 into the third period, rewarding the Thrashers for their recent emphasis in practice on the power play.

"The nice thing was that it was a power-play goal that won it for us," Thrashers coach John Anderson said. "We talked about the importance of getting one goal a game on the power play. It really makes a difference."

Anaheim had killed 21 of its last 23 penalties before Afinogenov's go-ahead shot through Jonas Hiller's legs.

"We've been working on that lately," said Atlanta goalie John Hedberg, who had 34 saves in the game. "When you try to do too much, sometimes you overdo something."

Hedberg allowed one goal in his third straight game, but the Thrashers' poor production on their power play helped lead to losses in the first two game.

The Ducks lost for the just the third time in 11 games. "We seemed to be a little bit off," Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We didn't execute in the critical situations."

Anderson said the Thrashers "thought we've played very well" even while losing three of their last four before facing the Ducks.

"The last three or four games, we certainly didn't reap the reward," Anderson said. "Tonight was a breath of fresh air. We played a tight, low-scoring game and we won."

Colby Armstrong gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead early in the second period with his follow after Hiller stopped shots by Evander Kane and Ron Hainsey. Steve Eminger's goal with 2:02 remaining in the second tied the game.

The Thrashers were stopped on their final two opportunities with a man advantage, leaving them 1 for 4 in the game.

Hiller had 32 stops.

"He played well enough to keep us in the game," Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf said. "It's frustrating. Maybe we over-handled the puck a little bit."

NOTES: The Thrashers improved to 2-4 in Atlanta against the Ducks with their first home win in the series since Dec. 5, 2003. Anaheim leads the overall series 7-5. ... Thrashers F Slava Kozlov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He had a franchise-record 251 consecutive games played before he was held out of Saturday's 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Colby Armstrong (9) ASST: Evander Kane (8), Ron Hainsey (11)
1 - 0 ATL
Steve Eminger (2) ASST: Corey Perry (31), Bobby Ryan (19)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (17) ASST: Rich Peverley (25), Toby Enstrom (35)
2 - 1 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
Eric Boulton  Holding against  Ryan Getzlaf
Steve Eminger  Hooking against  Rich Peverley
2nd Period
Maxim Afinogenov  Slashing against  Scott Niedermayer
Johan Hedberg  Cross checking against  Saku Koivu
3rd Period
Nick Boynton  Hi-sticking against  Colby Armstrong
Ron Hainsey  Interference against  James Wisniewski
Dan Sexton  Hooking against  Marty Reasoner
Ryan Whitney  Cross checking against  Marty Reasoner
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 34TOI: 59:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .941SH: 3 - 3
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 9
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