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Kovalchuk nets hat trick as Thrashers double up Ducks

Feb 16, 2009 - 5:11 AM
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his 11th career hat trick and added an assist as the Atlanta Thrashers scored four times in the second period and cruised to an 8-4 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Bryan Little and Colin Stuart both scored and set up a goal apiece and Rich Peverley, Colby Armstrong and defenseman Niclas Havelid also tallied for Atlanta, which improved to 3-7-0 in its last 10 games.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey and Todd White notched a pair of assists apiece and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 31 shots and even added an assist for the Thrashers.

"If you're not going to shoot, you're not going to score," Kovalchuk said matter-of-factly. "I changed my mentality a little bit the last couple games and tried to shoot more."

"I think he has really been skating well the last three or four games," Atlanta coach John Anderson said of Kovalchuk. "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."

Teemu Selanne tallied twice and set up a goal and Andrew Ebbett scored one goal and had two assists for Anaheim, which saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an end.

Rookie Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist and defenseman Brett Festerling set up a pair of tallies for the Ducks.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 20 of 25 shots before being relieved by Jonas Hiller. The Swiss netminder finished with 15 saves.

"Everything that you don't want to happen happened," Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "We made our share of mistakes and they scored their share of goals. I guess those nights do happen once in awhile. Unfortunately, we can't afford it right now. That is the worst part of it."

"Those are ones that you bang your head against the wall and you try to figure out how we could perform to the level we performed," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "It just seemed that we didn't have anything going in a lot of areas. We tried to battle back, but we just got frustrated. Pucks bounced away form us in every situation. We started to do too much as individuals and just fed their attack."

With Atlanta nursing a 2-1 lead entering the second period, Kovalchuk scored three times in a span of 6:51 to notch his first hat trick of the season.

The talented Russian last accomplished the feat March 13, 2008 against Calgary. He also recorded three goals and an assist in that game.

His first tally on Saturday was on a 5-on-3 power play 86 seconds into the second period.

"It's really important, because lately we haven't gotten anything," Kovalchuk said. "We got a couple of opportunities with the 5-on-3 and we didn't score. It was a lucky bounce, but we'll take it."

Kovalchuk, who added even-strength goals 37 seconds apart, has a team-leading 27 goals this season.

"He's an explosive guy. Every time he gets the puck, it's exciting," Armstrong said. "Today he stepped up and buried his chance. He's dangerous. We have him scoring like that, we're pretty tough to beat. Everyone feeds off him, too."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 4 2 8
    ANAHEIM 1 1 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - RICH PEVERLEY 6 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, MARTY REASONER)
    3:57
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 16 (ANDREW EBBETT, BRETT FESTERLING)
    5:28
    ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 22 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, RON HAINSEY)
    18:37
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA K

    Feb 15 10:36 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 8
    ANAHEIM 4
    3RD PRD: ATL - (SH) (EN) NICLAS HAVELID 2 (KARI LEHTONEN) 17:53

    Thrashers 8, Ducks 4  3rd - 2:07Feb 15 10:33 PM


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    ATLANTA 7
    ANAHEIM 4
    3RD PRD: ANA - ANDREW EBBETT 3 (BOBBY RYAN, TEEMU SELANNE) 10:02

    Thrashers 7, Ducks 4  3rd - 9:58Feb 15 10:18 PM


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    ATLANTA 7
    ANAHEIM 3
    3RD PRD: ATL - (SH) COLIN STUART 2 (UNASSISTED) 6:00

    Thrashers 7, Ducks 3  3rd - 14:00Feb 15 10:11 PM


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    ATLANTA 6
    ANAHEIM 3
    3RD PRD: ANA - BOBBY RYAN 19 (STEVE MONTADOR, ANDREW EBBETT) 2:26

    Thrashers 6, Ducks 3  3rd - 17:34Feb 15 10:05 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 4 6
    ANAHEIM 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - RICH PEVERLEY 6 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, MARTY REASONER)
    3:57
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 16 (ANDREW EBBETT, BRETT FESTERLING)
    5:28
    ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 22 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, RON HAINSEY)
    18:37
    2ND PRD: ATL

    Feb 15 9:43 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 6
    ANAHEIM 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 17 (BRETT FESTERLING, BRENDAN MORRISON)
    15:05

    Thrashers 6, Ducks 2  2nd - 4:55Feb 15 9:37 PM
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    Thrashers 6, Ducks 1  2nd - 6:18Feb 15 9:30 PM


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    ATLANTA 6
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 27 (BRYAN LITTLE, TODD WHITE) 8:17

    Thrashers 6, Ducks 1  2nd - 11:43Feb 15 9:26 PM


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    ATLANTA 5
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 26 (TODD WHITE, CHRIS THORBURN) 7:40

    Thrashers 5, Ducks 1  2nd - 12:20Feb 15 9:22 PM


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    ATLANTA 4
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 15 (ERIK CHRISTENSEN, COLIN STUART)
    5:41

    Thrashers 4, Ducks 1  2nd - 14:19Feb 15 9:15 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 25 (RON HAINSEY, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    1:26

    Thrashers 3, Ducks 1  2nd - 18:34Feb 15 9:09 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 2 2
    ANAHEIM 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - RICH PEVERLEY 6 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, MARTY REASONER)
    3:57
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 16 (ANDREW EBBETT, BRETT FESTERLING)
    5:28
    ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 22 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, RON HAINSEY)
    18:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL

    Feb 15 8:49 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 22 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, RON HAINSEY)
    18:37

    Thrashers 2, Ducks 1  1st - 1:23Feb 15 8:48 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 16 (ANDREW EBBETT, BRETT FESTERLING) 5:28

    Thrashers 1, Ducks 1  1st - 14:32Feb 15 8:24 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - RICH PEVERLEY 6 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER) 3:57

    Thrashers 1, Ducks 0  1st - 16:03Feb 15 8:19 PM