Atlanta at Anaheim

Kovalchuk breaks seven-minute hat trick; Thrashers swamp Ducks


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After two victories, 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, next 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 three 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 victory against Anaheim since 2003. Teemu Selanne had two goals for Anaheim, and Bobby Ryan and Andrew Ebbett also scored.


  • Atlanta has won three games in its past 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.
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Ilya Kovalchuk is the center of attention in Anaheim, where his fast hat trick boosts Atlanta.  (Getty Images)
Ilya Kovalchuk is the center of attention in Anaheim, where his fast hat trick boosts Atlanta. (Getty Images)
Atlanta  (20-32-5) «2428
Anaheim (28-25-5)1124
Three Stars
I. Kovalchuk

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 1
T. Selanne

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Ebbett

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
03:57Rich Peverley (6), Tip-In. Assist: Schneider, Reasoner
05:28Teemu Selanne (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Ebbett, Festerling
18:57Power Play - Bryan Little (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kovalchuk, Hainsey
01:26Power Play - Ilya Kovalchuk (25), Slap Shot. Assist: Hainsey, Kozlov
05:41Colby Armstrong (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Christensen, Stuart
07:40Ilya Kovalchuk (26), Slap Shot. Assist: White, Thorburn
08:17Ilya Kovalchuk (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Little, White
14:05Teemu Selanne (17), Tip-In. Assist: Festerling, Morrison
02:26Bobby Ryan (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Montador, Ebbett
06:00Short - Colin Stuart (2), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
10:02Andrew Ebbett (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan, Selanne
17:53Short - Niclas Havelid (2), Empty Net. Assist: Lehtonen
Penalty Summary
08.0Little, 2 min, Bench - Illegal Substitition
04:31Brown, 5 min, Fighting
04:31Thorburn, 5 min, Fighting
05:38Ebbett, 2 min, Hooking
15:38Pronger, 2 min, Tripping
18:19Perry, 2 min, Slashing
19:47Hedican, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:59Pronger, 2 min, Cross-Checking
10:31Selanne, 2 min, Hooking
05:35Enstrom, 2 min, Roughing
16:38Schneider, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Kari Lehtonen59:59314
Jean-Sebastien Giguere27:40205
Jonas Hiller31:14152
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 17228
Referees - Bill McCreary, Stephane Auger
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Lyle Seitz
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