NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Anaheim
(Friday, October 15th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Nigel Dawes scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round, and Anthony Stewart's first career hat trick helped the Thrashers recover from a late two-goal deficit and stun the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4, at Honda Center.
Dawes skated in quickly before firing a simple wrister from the slot, beating Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller cleanly for the win.
Stewart came into the game with four career goals -- no more than two in any season -- before exploding for three, including the Thrashers' third and fourth to forge a tie with minutes remaining in the game. Chris Thorburn also scored for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid.
Chris Mason stopped 37-of-41 shots in the victory.
"It feels great. I can't shut it down right now," Stewart said. "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 great."
Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry each had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who have lost four of five to open the season. Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and an assist, and Hiller made 29 stops in defeat.
"We just need to keep pushing. We have a big game coming up on Sunday and we know it," Getzlaf said. "We'll come to work tomorrow like professionals and get ready. Any time you lose in your own building, it's disappointing, especially when you have the lead going into the third. We worked pretty hard all game long. We needed to close it out of the end and we didn't."
With the score tied at two, the Ducks moved ahead thanks to a familiar face.
While on the power play, Saku Koivu held the puck behind the net to wait for a passing lane to emerge. Selanne stationed himself in front of the net and waited for a perfect pass from Koivu, one-timing it into the left corner for a 3-2 lead with 52 seconds left in the second period.
Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead by two 6:35 into the third, but Stewart came back with his second of the game, cleaning up a loose puck in the crease with 9 1/2 minutes to play for a 4-3 game.
Stewart continued to mop up in the crease, swatting a puck out of mid-air into the net from in close for a power play tally, a hat trick and a tie game with 5:22 left.
The Thrashers got on the board rather quickly, as Stewart pumped a slapshot from the slot off the right post and in just 17 seconds into the contest.
The Ducks evened the score on their first power play 8:43 into the first. Lubomir Visnovsky took a pass from Getzlaf near the top of the left circle and fired a shot toward the net. Perry was in front and tipped it home for a 1-1 game.
Anaheim took its first lead 9:43 into the second on Toni Lydman's first goal of the season, but Atlanta had an answer on Thorburn's power play tip-in off a Dustin Byfuglien shot 3 1/2 minutes later.
Lydman was playing in his first game of the year after sitting out most of the preseason and the start of the regular season with double vision...Thorburn has scored in three straight games...The Thrashers have won three straight meetings with Anaheim and five of seven overall...Each team had three power play goals.
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