Originally created 11/30/00

Red Wings 6, Thrashers 4



ATLANTA -- The Detroit Red Wings stunned Atlanta with four second-period goals in a span of 3:57, going on to beat the Thrashers 6-4 Wednesday night.

Despite being outshot 20-7 in the opening period, Atlanta led 3-2 when Shean Donovan scored a power-play goal at 11:47 of the second. Donovan had three of Atlanta's goals.

But the Red Wings turned things around with their superior skill and speed, scoring four times before the 2-year-old Thrashers knew what hit them.

Doug Brown tied it up just 30 seconds after Donovan's goal, putting a shot under the blocker of Atlanta goalie Milan Hnilicka after taking a cross-ice pass from Nicklas Lidstrom.

The Red Wings were just getting warmed up. At 13:40, Lidstrom scored a goal of his own, sliding along the blue line and using a screen from teammate Tomas Holstrom to beat Hnilicka with a slap shot.

At 15:25, Vyacheslav Kozlov did all the work himself for his eighth goal of the season. The Detroit winger skated out of the corner with Atlanta's Ray Ferraro in futile pursuit, circling in front of the net and flipping a back-hander past Hnilicka.

Aaron Ward made it 6-3 just 49 seconds later, scoring his first goal since Oct. 15. Brendan Shanahan skated out of the corner and found Ward open at the far side of the net, allowing him to slide a shot between Hnilicka's legs.

The shellshocked Thrashers called a timeout and replaced Hnilicka with Scott Fankhouser. But the damage was done.

Donovan completed his first career hat trick after managing only two goals in his first 17 games this season. He also became the first player in Thrashers history to have both a power-play and short-handed goal in the same game.

Ferraro scored Atlanta's other goal, while Darren McCarty and Martin Lapointe tallied for the Red Wings. Lapointe's goal was his 12th of the season and extended his scoring streak to seven consecutive games.

Detroit finished with a 48-25 advantage in shots on goal.

Notes:

Sergei Fedorov's six-game scoring streak came to an end. He had seven goals and six assists during the spurt. ... The Thrashers played without captain Steve Staios, who sustained a concussion in a Saturday victory over Washington. Patrick Stefan remains sidelined with a concussion resulting from a frightening fall on Thanksgiving night. ... Ferraro's goal tied him with Garry Unger for 105th place on the career points list with 804. ... Hnilicka made his 11th straight start, tying the team record set last season by Damian Rhodes. Hnilicka has played in a franchise-record 14 straight games since Oct. 28. ... The crowd of 17,631 was bolstered by thousands of Red Wings fans.