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Avalanche 4, Thrashers 3, OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:14 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Thrashers 3, OT
Atlanta Thrashers 3, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) -Kyle Cumiskey expected to find some resistance when he entered Atlanta's zone. When he didn't, he skated through the Thrashers and capped a big rally.

Cumiskey scored 9 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Thrashers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Chris Stewart had a goal and an assist, Chris Durno also scored, Paul Stastny had three assists, and Craig Anderson made 33 saves for Colorado.

But it was Cumiskey who moved the Avalanche into first place in the Northwest Division.

"I just took what they gave me," Cumiskey said. "I wasn't expecting it. I don't believe I did it."

In overtime, Stastny won the faceoff and got the puck to Cumiskey, who skated into the Thrashers' zone. He split defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom in front of the net and beat Johan Hedberg for his seventh goal of the season.

"He got the puck from the faceoff and pretty much skated through our whole team and scored," Hedberg said. "I don't think anyone expected him to keep going like he did. It was a great play by him."

The play didn't sit well with Atlanta coach John Anderson.

"I saw two defenseman not taking anybody in front of the net," he said. "They let him walk right in. I've never seen that in my life before."

Anderson's real disappointment was that the Avalanche had a chance to win it in overtime. The Thrashers were carrying the play, and goals by Nik Antropov, Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little gave them a 3-1 lead with 15:41 left in regulation.

But Colorado battled back to force overtime. Stewart knocked in his own rebound with 11:26 left, and Durno beat Hedberg with 5:29 remaining in regulation.

Hedberg, who had 31 saves, thought Durno's goal shouldn't have counted because Cody McLeod kept the puck alive with a high stick.

"I couldn't believe they didn't blow that down," he said. "If it doesn't go straight in, it's reviewable. It's up to the ref to make a stick decision on that."

Colorado coach Joe Sacco said Durno's goal was the turning point.

"Cumiskey's goal was a great goal, but Durno's goal is desperation," Sacco said. "It was a huge goal because it tied the game and gave us life."

Before their rally, the Avalanche didn't have much energy. They took four penalties in the second, and although they killed all three Atlanta power plays, Little's 10th goal of the season with 14:28 left in the period gave the Thrashers a 2-1 lead.

The Thrashers thought they had a 3-1 lead when a ruling on the ice gave them a goal with 2:08 left in the second, but a video review showed the puck didn't completely cross the goal line and it was overturned.

"I couldn't see it. I have to trust what the camera sees," Anderson said. "I know it was pretty close."

Moments after killing a Colorado power play, the Thrashers opened the scoring in the first. Antropov won a faceoff in his own zone and got the puck to Bergfors, who skated into the Avalanche zone and used a screen by Little to beat Anderson.

Colorado struck back 46 seconds later when Brett Clark beat Hedberg.

NOTES: Cumiskey's goal was the fastest overtime goal in franchise history. ... Craig Anderson is the fourth goalie in franchise history to win 30 games in one season. ... Avalanche C Ryan O'Reilly returned to the lineup after missing a game because of a foot injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:54
ATL
Niclas Bergfors (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Nik Antropov (33)
1 - 0 ATL
09:40
COL
Brett Clark (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (40), Chris Stewart (22)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:32
ATL
Bryan Little (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (12), Johnny Oduya (3)
2 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
04:19
ATL
Nik Antropov (14) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Little (15), Niclas Bergfors (15)
3 - 1 ATL
08:34
COL
Chris Stewart (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (41), TJ Galiardi (17)
3 - 2 ATL
14:31
COL
Chris Durno (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Cody McLeod (7), Kyle Quincey (19)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:09
COL
Kyle Cumiskey (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (42)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:14
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Interference against  Wojtek Wolski
14:50
COL
Paul Stastny  Holding against  Ron Hainsey
17:13
ATL
Jim Slater  Tripping against  Kyle Quincey
2nd Period
03:07
ATL
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
07:18
COL
Matt Duchene  Hooking against  Jim Slater
08:51
ATL
Todd White  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
08:51
COL
Craig Anderson  Diving against  Todd White
10:18
COL
Brett Clark  Holding against  Evander Kane
15:57
COL
Scott Hannan  Interference against  Bryan Little
3rd Period
15:45
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 35TOI: 60:09
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
SA: 36TOI: 60:09
Saves: 33EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1