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Avalanche 4, Thrashers 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:35 PM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Thrashers 2
Colorado Avalanche 4, Atlanta Thrashers 2

ATLANTA (AP) - Milan Hejduk gave Colorado the lead 42 seconds into the third period, Craig Anderson protected the advantage the rest of the way and the Avalanche beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2, on Friday night.

Anderson stopped 24 shots to help Colorado end a five-game road winless streak.

With Colorado leading 3-2, Anderson deflected Ben Eager's shot in front of the net with about two minutes remaining, then denied the Thrashers on a power play in the final 1:24.

The Thrashers pulled goalie Ondrej Pavelec for the power play and gave up Paul Stastny's empty-net goal.

Tomas Fleischmann and Greg Mauldin also scored and the Avalanche ended the Thrashers' home winning streak at six. The Thrashers were denied matching the longest home streak in franchise history.

Niclas Bergfors and Bryan Little scored for Atlanta.

Pavelec stopped 25 shots. He took only his third loss in his streak of 11 straight starts.

The Thrashers, who face a league-high 34.9 shots per game, were outshot 16-5 in the first period but took a 1-0 lead when Bergfors scored 5:37 into the game on Atlanta's first shot on goal.

The Avalanche answered with two goals in the second period. Fleischmann scored a power-play goal early in the period to tie the game. On Atlanta's first power-play opportunity of the contest, Mauldin took the puck away from Dustin Byfuglien and scored a short-handed goal for a 2-1 lead.

The Thrashers pulled even on Little's goal late in the second period.

Anderson improved to 4-1-1 against Atlanta in his career.

NOTES: Atlanta coach Craig Ramsey plans to rest Pavelec and start Chris Mason on Saturday at the New York Islanders. ... The Thrashers won seven straight home games from March 2-18, 2007, on their way to the Southeast Division championship and the only playoff appearance in franchise history. ... F Brandon Yip returned to Colorado's lineup. He was a healthy scratch against Florida on Tuesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:37
ATL
Niclas Bergfors (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Ladd (19), Dustin Byfuglien (20)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
04:39
COL
PPG - Tomas Fleischmann (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (17)
1 - 1 Tie
11:01
COL
SHG - Greg Mauldin (4) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 COL
15:13
ATL
Bryan Little (6) Slapshot - ASST: Evander Kane (8)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:42
COL
Milan Hejduk (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (9), Matt Duchene (18)
3 - 2 COL
19:21
COL
SHG - EN - Paul Stastny (11) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:07
ATL
Johnny Oduya  Cross checking against  John-Michael Liles
2nd Period
03:24
ATL
Rich Peverley  Holding against  Kyle Quincey
08:30
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Holding against  Daniel Winnik
09:16
COL
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Johnny Oduya
3rd Period
11:23
COL
Brandon Yip  Tripping against  Johnny Oduya
18:36
COL
Philippe Dupuis  Tripping against  Alexander Burmistrov
19:40
ATL
Evander Kane  Misconduct (10 min)
19:40
COL
Adam Foote  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chris Thorburn
19:40
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 26TOI: 59:50
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
9-6-2
SA: 28TOI: 58:45
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 1
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