Originally created 01/18/01

Mighty Ducks 5, Thrashers 2



ATLANTA -- Anaheim's Jason Marshall, whose last goal came 22 months ago, scored twice and the Mighty Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the slumping Atlanta Thrashers.

The Mighty Ducks, who had only four goals during their losing skid, eclipsed that by early in the second period against the Thrashers, who have gone nine games (0-7-2) without a victory.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for his first NHL victory since Dec. 29, 1999, when he played for Calgary. He was appearing in his fourth game for the Ducks, having spent most of the season in the American Hockey League.

His Atlanta counterpart, Milan Hnilicka, lasted only one, dismal period. He surrendered three soft goals and was replaced by Damian Rhodes at the beginning of the second.

Marshall, a defenseman who had just two assists in 27 games this season, made it 3-0 late in the opening period when his low slap shot from just inside the blue line eluded Hnilicka's pad and glove.

After Rhodes came in, Marshall scored again just six seconds into a second-period power play. He slid along the blue line and fired a shot that was deflected by Atlanta's Dean Sylvester, flying past a startled Rhodes.

Marshall had only six goals in 326 career games, his last coming on March 18, 1999, against Los Angeles.

Anaheim also got an unlikely goal from checking forward Dan Bylsma, who opened the scoring with his first goal in 48 games this season after Hnilicka gave up a long rebound.

Hnilicka looked even worse on Anaheim's second goal. Teemu Selanne broke in off the left wing and flipped a weak back-hander that slipped between the goalie's legs and deflected in off his left skate.

Marty McInnis made it 5-0 just 3« minutes into the second period.

Ray Ferraro, playing without his two regular linemates, finally broke through for Atlanta on a power play in the second period. He deflected a shot from Sylvester past Giguere.

Sylvester made it 5-2 in the opening minute of the third and the Thrashers had a chance to get closer. But the Ducks killed off a two-minute, two-man power play after separate penalties were called on the same sequence.

Ferraro normally plays with Donald Audette, who began serving a four-game suspension for striking a Montreal player from behind last week, and Andrew Brunette, on the injured list recovering from a concussion.

Giguere made the save of the game in the opening minutes, doing the splits to get his glove on Ferraro's shot at a seemingly open net.

Notes:

Atlanta forward Hnat Dominichelli, just off the injured list, reinjured his groin in the first period and didn't return. ... Anaheim is 2-9-2 in its last 13 games. ... The Thrashers haven't won since Dec. 28, when they beat the New York Rangers to get above .500 for the first time in franchise history.