NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Atlanta
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne netted both Anaheim goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 34 shots as the Ducks held off the Atlanta Thrashers, 2-1, at Philips Arena.
Selanne scored in the second period, then added the game-deciding tally in the third to give the Ducks their fifth consecutive win and 10th in 11 games. The team also extended its road winning streak to a franchise-best seven games. Six of their last seven road wins have been decided by one goal. The Ducks are 12-1-2 on the road this season.
Niko Kapanen scored the lone tally for the Thrashers, who have surrendered 14 goals and scored only four in three consecutive losses. The slide follows a five-game winning streak that tied a franchise record.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 30-of-32 shots for Atlanta.
The Thrashers tied the game on a power play marker with 8:11 remaining in the contest. From the left boards, Ilya Kovalchuk threaded a perfect cross ice pass to Kapanen, who fired on net and beat a surprised Giguere.
Selanne put Anaheim back on top just 56 seconds later. With four Atlanta players along the boards, Selanne was left all alone in front of the net. He collected a perfect pass from Andy McDonald and beat Lehtonen on a wrist shot, giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead with 7:15 left in the game.
Anaheim had an empty-net goal taken away inside of a minute to play after being whistled offside.
Both teams skated to a scoreless first period before combining for 10 penalties (36 minutes) and 22 shots on goal in a wild middle session.
The Ducks had one of their best scoring chances with 9:36 remaining in the second, as George Parros ripped a shot that barely deflected off the glove of Giguere.
Then, as play continued, Jon Sim and Corey Perry got tangled up in the corner. Sim attempted to get to his skates, but Perry climbed on top of the right winger's shoulders, sending both players to the ice in a heap. Perry was whistled for roughing, giving the Thrashers a power play opportunity.
Sim missed the net three times during the man-advantage, then buried Scott Niedermayer from behind, sending him face-first into the boards before getting mixed up with Anaheim defenseman Shane O'Brien. Both men were assessed 10- minute game misconduct penalties for the altercation.
Selanne finally broke the scoreless tie by netting a power play goal with 4:19 remaining in the period. Off the left side of the net down low, Selanne took a pass from Chris Pronger, made a move like he was going to throw the puck through the crease, then challenged Lehtonen, firing a quick shot over the netminder's glove.
Selanne has five multiple-point games in his last seven contests...The Ducks were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Thrashers finished 1-for-7...Atlanta is 3-7-0 all time against Anaheim...The Ducks have scored on the power play in 14 of their last 17 games.
12/13 22:05:23 ET