Penalty hastens the Ducks’ downfall against Atlanta


By Robyn Norwood
Los Angeles Times

October 15, 2010

The boos were mostly meant for the officials, but the Ducks earned some of their own in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday at the Honda Center.

Atlanta’s Nigel Dawes ended the game when he beat Jonas Hiller in the fourth round of the shootout, the only player to put the puck in the net.

But in many ways, the Ducks lost the game earlier when they blew a two-goal third-period lead, giving up the tying goal on a power play created by a costly slashing penalty against Corey Perry.

“Corey Perry’s penalty was an unacceptable penalty at a critical time,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said.

Shortly later, Atlanta tied the score, 4-4, with 5:22 left in the third on a disputed goal credited to Anthony Stewart, giving him his first career hat trick.

Dustin Byfuglien’s shot on Atlanta’s power play initially appeared to be deflected into the goal on a blatant high stick by Rich Peverley.

But on review, the goal stood, and was credited instead to Stewart, with the first assist to Byfuglien and none to Peverley.

“From the replay I saw on the Jumbotron, it was questionable whether the guy high-sticked the puck or not,” Carlyle said. “Usually if the guy does touch the puck, the next player to touch it, if it is an opposition player, the play is dead.

“I guess the interpretation is that the guy didn’t touch the puck