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Thrashers 8, Ducks 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 8, Ducks 4
Atlanta Thrashers 8, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -After two wins, the Anaheim Ducks thought they were on a roll. The Atlanta Thrashers had different ideas.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored three goals in a 6:51 span of the second period and Atlanta beat the Ducks 8-4 on Sunday.

The Thrashers, second to last in the Eastern Conference standings, had a season-high 45 shots on goal.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," center Ryan Getzlaf said. "We've got to go back to work. Every bounce ended up on their stick. We're a team that prides itself on not giving up so many shots. We didn't respond the way we needed."

Atlanta battered goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere with 25 shots and knocked him out of the game at 12:20 of the second period after scoring five goals, three in 3 minutes.

Backup Jonas Hiller didn't provide much relief. The Thrashers scored 1:17 after Hiller came in and added two more goals to round out the scoring, the final goal from defenseman Niclas Havelid. Havelid scored on a short-handed empty-netter.

"That last goal was a pretty good summation of the night," defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "It was a pretty frustrating night to be part of. I know I made my share of mistakes out there."

The Ducks made plenty of mistakes in the first period. Anaheim had six penalties totaling 15 minutes and Atlanta took advantage.

Bryan Little scored on a power play at the 18:57 mark of the first period and Kovalchuk scored his first goal on a 5-on-3 power play in the second at the 1:26 mark.

"I think he has really been skating well the last three or four games," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "He is starting to feel like himself again. He's hounding the puck, he's chasing the puck. He gets it - he's dangerous, obviously."

Little's goal came after the Ducks' Corey Perry was penalized for slashing. Perry's penalty came only 31 seconds after Chris Pronger was seated for a bench minor for tripping, giving the Thrashers nearly four consecutive minutes with an extra man.

Kovalchuk added even-strength goals at 7:40 and 8:17 in the second.

"It's the right way to start the road trip with a big win," Kovalchuk said.

"But now we have a big game tomorrow. We just need to be more consistent and win a couple of games in a row to feel better about ourselves."

Kovalchuk, who also had an assist, leads the Thrashers with 27 goals and 58 points. The Russian star extended his goals streak to four games.

Rich Peverley, Colby Armstrong and Colin Stuart also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves in Atlanta's first win over Anaheim since 2003. Teemu Selanne had two goals for Anaheim, and Bobby Ryan and Andrew Ebbett also scored.

Notes: Atlanta has won three games in its last 10 outings. ... Kovalchuk last scored three goals on March 12, 2008, against Calgary. ... Atlanta beat Anaheim for the first time since Dec. 5, 2003, in its first visit here since Dec. 3 of that year.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:57
ATL
Rich Peverley (6) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (11), Marty Reasoner (10)
1 - 0 ATL
05:28
ANA
Teemu Selanne (16) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (12), Brett Festerling (4)
1 - 1 Tie
18:57
ATL
PPG - Bryan Little (22) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (31), Ron Hainsey (22)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
01:26
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (25) ASST: Ron Hainsey (23), Vyacheslav Kozlov (30)
3 - 1 ATL
05:41
ATL
Colby Armstrong (15) ASST: Erik Christensen (12), Colin Stuart (1)
4 - 1 ATL
07:40
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (26) ASST: Todd White (32), Chris Thorburn (6)
5 - 1 ATL
08:17
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (27) ASST: Bryan Little (14), Todd White (33)
6 - 1 ATL
14:05
ANA
Teemu Selanne (17) ASST: Brett Festerling (5), Brendan Morrison (11)
6 - 2 ATL
3rd Period
02:26
ANA
Bobby Ryan (19) ASST: Steve Montador (16), Andrew Ebbett (13)
6 - 3 ATL
06:00
ATL
SHG - Colin Stuart (2) ASST: NONE
7 - 3 ATL
10:02
ANA
Andrew Ebbett (3) ASST: Bobby Ryan (18), Teemu Selanne (17)
7 - 4 ATL
17:53
ATL
SHG - EN - Niclas Havelid (2) ASST: Kari Lehtonen (1)
8 - 4 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:08
ATL
Bryan Little  Illegal substitution - bench
04:31
ANA
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
04:31
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
05:38
ANA
Andrew Ebbett  Hooking against  Erik Christensen
15:38
ANA
Chris Pronger  Tripping against  Eric Perrin
18:19
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Rich Peverley
19:47
ANA
Bret Hedican  Hi-sticking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
19:59
ANA
Chris Pronger  Cross checking against  Todd White
2nd Period
10:31
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Hooking against  Chris Thorburn
3rd Period
05:35
ATL
Toby Enstrom  Roughing against  Corey Perry
16:38
ATL
Mathieu Schneider  Holding against  Travis Moen
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 35TOI: 59:59
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .886SH: 3 - 3
Jonas Hiller
SA: 17TOI: 31:14
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 25TOI: 27:40
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1