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Thrashers 2, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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

ATLANTA (AP) -Thrashers coach John Anderson couldn't think of a better way to win a game.

Maxim Afinogenov ended Atlanta's power-play drought with a third-period goal to lift the Thrashers past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Johan Hedberg stopped 34 shots for Atlanta.

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," 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.

Afinogenov is second on the team behind Ilya Kovalchuk with 17 goals.

"Before the game we spoke about we wanted the power play to get going and how it's going to win the game," Afinogenov said. "We just tried to shoot more and I think it's working. We got a couple of shots.

"The puck was bouncing there for me. I just tried to put it into the net and it worked."

The Thrashers began the night ranked 18th in the league with their 17.7 percent success with a man advantage.

"We've been working on that lately," Hedberg said. "When you try to do too much, sometimes you overdo something."

The Ducks were stopped on their four power plays.

"Our first power play we had seven or eight shots," said Bobby Ryan, who had an assist on Eminger's goal. "We lost momentum. Everybody was trying to do too much."

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.

"It's a big win for us tonight," Hedberg said. "We've been deserving to win the last few weeks, and tonight we managed to get the extra goal. Hopefully that's what we need to put us on a roll here."

The Thrashers are 5-4-1 since ending a nine-game winless streak. The Ducks lost for the third time in 11 games.

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."

The Thrashers won for only the third time in regulation when scoring no more than two goals.

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."

Atlanta's Chris Thornburn left after he was hit in his face by the puck 5:37 into the third period. Thornburn fell to the ice before heading to the locker room. He returned later in the period.

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. ... Ducks C Saku Koivu of Finland, one of the team's eight Olympians, returned after missing four games with a sprained right knee. ... 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
NONE
2nd Period
04:32
ATL
Colby Armstrong (9) ASST: Evander Kane (8), Ron Hainsey (11)
1 - 0 ATL
17:58
ANA
Steve Eminger (2) ASST: Corey Perry (31), Bobby Ryan (19)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
04:03
ATL
PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (17) ASST: Rich Peverley (25), Tobias Enstrom (35)
2 - 1 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:02
ANA
Mike Brown  Fighting against  Chris Thorburn
07:02
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting against  Mike Brown
10:38
ATL
Eric Boulton  Holding against  Ryan Getzlaf
17:29
ANA
Steve Eminger  Hooking against  Rich Peverley
2nd Period
09:49
ATL
Maxim Afinogenov  Slashing against  Scott Niedermayer
19:32
ATL
Johan Hedberg  Cross checking against  Saku Koivu
3rd Period
02:36
ANA
Nick Boynton  Hi-sticking against  Colby Armstrong
13:38
ATL
Ron Hainsey  Interference against  James Wisniewski
14:44
ANA
Dan Sexton  Hooking against  Marty Reasoner
18:52
ANA
Ryan Whitney  Cross checking against  Marty Reasoner
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 34TOI: 59:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .941SH: 3 - 3
Johan Hedberg
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1