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game recap

Ducks 6, Capitals 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:40 AM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -Here's how well things are going for the Anaheim Ducks this season: They bring up journeyman Shawn Thornton from the minors, and he scores 57 seconds into his first game back in the NHL.

Thornton netted his first goal since the 2003-04 season, Teemu Selanne added his team-high 16th goal and an assist in the third period, and league-leading Anaheim beat the Washington Capitals 6-1 Friday night for its seventh victory in eight games.

Thornton was brought up from Portland of the AHL for the second time this season.

"It's been like that the last few years ... up and down, up and down. You never get sick of getting called up," said Thornton, who also had an assist.

"Yesterday after practice, (Portland coach) Kevin Dineen called me and said, 'You've got a flight in two hours. Give your wife a kiss goodbye and get to the airport as soon as possible."'

Todd Marchant had a goal and two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves to help stop Washington's four-game winning streak. Giguere's bid for a second consecutive shutout ended with Alexander Semin's goal 5:06 into the third period, off an up-against-the-boards, through-the-legs, no-look pass from Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin's only NHL hat-trick came against Anaheim last season, but Giguere and his defense held the reigning rookie of the year in check this time, limiting him to one shot each in the first and third periods. He did come up with that one brilliant pass, though, while pinned in a corner.

"He was the difference in the game the last time we played them, and that was last year. It's a different game, a different set of circumstances," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's still a very dynamic player. He plays with a lot of passion and he plays in all areas, and he's very, very dangerous."

Not quite the scouting report likely to be given on Thornton, who entered the day with two career NHL goals. But it was an eventful evening for the right wing: He served a 5-minute penalty for fighting in the first period, and assisted on Dustin Penner's goal in the second that made it 3-0.

"We didn't play the way we wanted to," Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig said. "We wanted to come out hard in the first period and establish ourselves. We basically gave them the first three goals."

Selanne, Andy McDonald and Corey Perry all scored in the final period for Anaheim (22-3-6, 51 points), which is off to the best start in franchise history.

Washington averaged 5 1/2 goals during its previous four games, but Anaheim dominated the flow of play for long stretches. One example: The visitors outshot the Capitals 8-0 over the first six minutes of the second period.

"The difference tonight was the execution on their part," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "They're just a smart team that controlled the puck."

During the game's opening minute, Marchant slid the puck over to Thornton, who moved in alone in front of the net and sent a backhander into the upper right corner.

"He made an impression, and that's what you ask of a young player - to step into your lineup straight from the American Hockey League," Carlyle said.

That marked the first time Washington had trailed in any game since a Nov. 25 loss to the Islanders. Since then, the Capitals had reeled off their winning streak, during which they outscored opponents 22-11 - including 9-1 in the first period.

But the Ducks doubled their lead later in that period on a short-handed score. Thinking Semin would come over to collect a clearing pass, Kolzig tapped the puck softly from behind his net. That allowed Marchant to gather the puck and deposit it for his eighth goal.

To that point, less than 15 minutes into the game, Anaheim had taken four shots - and two had gone in.

"I know we haven't played a perfect 60 minutes yet, and that's our goal," said Penner, who scored in the second period. "Every night, we're trying to improve on our last game."

Notes: The Capitals haven't had a five-game winning streak since March 3-11, 2001. ... Anaheim opened a five-game road trip and a stretch in which it plays 10 of 12 away from home.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:57
ANA
Shawn Thornton (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Todd Marchant (9)
1 - 0 ANA
14:44
ANA
SHG - Todd Marchant (8) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
07:16
ANA
Dustin Penner (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Marchant (10), Shawn Thornton (3)
3 - 0 ANA
3rd Period
02:45
ANA
Teemu Selanne (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (17)
4 - 0 ANA
05:06
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (15), Donald Brashear (3)
4 - 1 ANA
10:22
ANA
Andy McDonald (10) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (11), Teemu Selanne (23)
5 - 1 ANA
11:45
ANA
Corey Perry (6) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (8)
6 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:48
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Donald Brashear
01:48
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
03:00
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  John Erskine
03:00
WSH
John Erskine  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
04:24
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Hooking against  Brooks Laich
05:36
WSH
Alexander Semin  Hi-sticking against  Sean O'Donnell
06:15
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
09:08
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Holding against  Alexander Semin
14:01
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Slashing against  Brian Sutherby
16:20
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Slashing against  Shane O'Brien
2nd Period
00:52
WSH
Steve Eminger  Holding against  Dustin Penner
08:22
ANA
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
08:22
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
13:04
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Teemu Selanne
16:30
ANA
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
3rd Period
04:18
ANA
Travis Moen  Elbowing against  Ben Clymer
15:01
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Hooking
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 34TOI: 59:57
Saves: 28EV: 12 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 16
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 1