Originally created 11/05/01

Mighty Ducks 5, Thrashers 0



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dan Bylsma scored twice, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves for his fifth career shutout as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-0 on Sunday night.

Oleg Tverdovsky had a goal and two assists, and Mike Leclerc and Paul Kariya also scored for the Ducks, who handed them Mighty Ducks their fourth consecutive loss and fifth straight on the road.

It was Giguere's first shutout since blanking Nashville and Washington in consecutive games last March.

Anaheim opened the scoring at 2:02 of the first period when Bylsma converted a rebound of Oleg Tverdovsky's shot. Kariya made it 2-0 at 2:44 of the second, flipping his fifth goal over Milan Hnilicka from 5 feet away as the goalie tried to stack the pads.

Atlanta's Lubos Bartecko left with a knee injury at 4:40 of the third period after a check in the neutral zone by Sergei Krivokrasov - resulting in a five-minute kneeing penalty to the Ducks right wing and a game-misconduct.

Bylsma scored his second career short-handed goal 1:15 later, backhanding the puck just under the crossbar. It was the fourth goal in four games for Bylsma, who had never scored more than three in a season.

Atlanta rookie Ilya Kovalchuk, who has a team-leading seven goals, but is struggling with a minus-6 rating, was benched for the first time by coach Curt Fraser.

Atlanta went almost 17 minutes before recording their first shot on net - after failing to get one during the first 21:45 of Saturday's game. The third-year expansion team has been outshot 260-149 over their last seven games.

Hnilicka made 29 saves, including one on Matt Cullen's penalty shot at 11:54 of the second period. The shot was awarded when Atlanta defenseman Todd Reirden covered the puck with his hand while in the goal crease.

The Thrashers, 0-for-4 on the power play, are the only team in the league that hasn't scored on the road with a man advantage (0-for-26).

Notes: Atlanta D Yannick Tremblay left in the first period after dislocating his right shoulder. ... The Thrashers recalled RW Brad Tapper from their AHL club in Chicago on Sunday. ... Bylsma, who had been centering the Ducks' fourth line with tough guys Denny Lambert and Kevin Sawyer, was placed on the second line between Cullen and Leclerc because Marty McInnis was sidelined with a sprained right wrist. ... Cullen's penalty shot was the seventh attempted against the Thrashers, and the first in a road game. The Ducks have attempted nine penalty shots in their nine-year history and scored on five. ... Atlanta LW Patrik Stefan will be out of the lineup for at least a week with a hyperextended right elbow and strained ligaments, suffered Saturday against Los Angeles.