Thrashers 5, Ducks 4, SO

A sloppy third period by Anaheim’s defense and a couple of

costly penalties by the NHL’s most penalized team enabled Anthony

Stewart to rally the Atlanta Thrashers to an improbable road


Stewart scored his first three goals of the season, completing

his first career hat trick with a tying power-play goal that was

upheld by video replay late in the third period, and the Thrashers

beat the Ducks 5-4 in a shootout Friday night.

”It feels great,” Stewart said. ”I can’t shut it down right

now. I’m happy to contribute any way I can and I am still trying to

prove myself in this league. So any way I can contribute is


Stewart, who had only four goals in 105 games entering this

season, tied it with 5:22 left in regulation while Corey Perry was

off for slashing Alexander Burmistrov. Atlanta’s Rich Peverley

tried to bat a fluttering puck into the net with a high stick and

grazed it, then Stewart’s stick also hit the puck before it went


”Corey Perry’s penalty was an unacceptable penalty at a

critical time,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ”But from the

replay that I saw on the Jumbotron, it looked like the first guy

high-sticked the puck on the goal. Usually if the guy does touch

the pick with a high stick and the next player to touch it is a

(teammate), then the play’s dead. But I guess the interpretation

was that the first guy that swung at the puck didn’t hit it. So

we’ll have to get a clarification on that.”

Two of Stewart’s goals came with the man advantage. He had a

chance to win it in the final seconds of regulation, but the puck

slid off his stick at the end of a breakaway and Jonas Hiller was

able to stop it with his right leg. Hiller stopped Atlanta’s first

three shots of the shootout before Nigel Dawes beat him to the

glove side to end it.

”We have a lot of veteran leadership, and we’ve got that never

say die attitude out there,” Stewart said.

Chris Mason made 37 saves for the Thrashers and turned aside all

four Anaheim shots in the tiebreaker. Atlanta was 1 for 14 on the

power play through its first three games.

”They are a very courageous group,” first-year coach Craig

Ramsay said. ”We were down four to Tampa and almost got it all the

way back. We don’t want to keep doing that, but we have a committed

group that really wants to win. They want to do what they are asked

to do. We’re busy and we’re fun. I don’t want to coach a boring

team – and I certainly am not.”

Teemu Selanne had a power-play goal and added two assists for

Anaheim. Corey Perry also had a power-play goal and two assists for

the Ducks, who are off to a 1-4 start after missing the playoffs

for the first time since 2004. Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a

power-play goal and an assist, and Hiller made 29 saves.

Selanne put Anaheim ahead 3-2 with 52 seconds left in the second

period, banging home a short pass from behind the net by Saku Koivu

while Nik Antropov was off for hooking Getzlaf. The goal was

Selanne’s 608th, tying Dino Ciccarelli for 16th place on the career


Getzlaf made it 4-2 with Anaheim’s third power-play goal,

beating Mason from short range with 13:25 remaining. The goal

turned out to be significant, because Stewart connected on another

power play with 9:35 left in the game.

”Anytime you lose in your own building it’s disappointing,

especially when you’ve got the lead going into the third,” Getzlaf

said. ”We worked pretty hard all game long, but we made a few

mental errors, gave up two goals and didn’t get a big penalty kill

at the end.”

The Ducks didn’t get their first minor penalty until defenseman

Lubomir Visnovsky was sent off for tripping Evander Kane at 12:19

of the second period. The Thrashers capitalized on the ensuing

power play.

Chris Thorburn parked himself in front of the net and redirected

Dustin Byfuglien’s slap shot over Hiller’s glove, tying it at


Toni Lydman gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 9:43 of the second,

converting a rebound after Mason stopped Selanne’s shot.

Stewart opened the scoring just 17 seconds after the opening

faceoff, beating Hiller with a 40-foot slap shot. The Ducks tied it

at 8:43 when Visnovsky got a cross-ice pass from Getzlaf and took a

slap shot from the top of the left circle than deflected in off

Perry’s skate.

NOTES: Selanne is one of only five players remaining from the

Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup championship squad, along with Perry,

Getzlaf, C Todd Marchant and RW George Parros. … Selanne has nine

goals in 11 games against the Thrashers.