Anaheim Ducks Fall To Atlanta Thrashers In Shootout

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No More Visa Issues: Andreas Lilja Cleared To Play For Ducks

Defenseman Andreas Lilja was signed Monday by the Anaheim Ducks to help shore up their defense, as they were outscored 13-2 in their first three games of the season. Lilja, a native of Sweden, hasn't yet played with the Ducks because of work visa issues, but those problems appear to be over, per Curtis Zupke of the Orange County Register:

Luca Sbisa assigned to Syracuse; Andreas Lilja cleared to play for Ducks

The 20-year old Sbisa has seen only 12 minutes of ice time in two games so far this season.

The Ducks hos the Phoenix Coyotes Sunday night at Honda Center.

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Ducks Lose 5-4 In Shootout To Atlanta

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Nigel Dawes scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round, and Anthony Stewart's first career hat trick helped the Thrashers recover from a late two-goal deficit and stun the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4, at Honda Center.

Dawes skated in quickly before firing a simple wrister from the slot, beating Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller cleanly for the win.

Stewart came into the game with four career goals -- no more than two in any season -- before exploding for three, including the Thrashers' third and fourth to forge a tie with minutes remaining in the game. Chris Thorburn also scored for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid.

Chris Mason stopped 37-of-41 shots in the victory.

Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry each had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who have lost four of five to open the season. Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and an assist, and Hiller made 29 stops in defeat.

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Ducks Look To Build On Win Against Atlanta

(Sports Network) - Hoping that their top line is about to catch fire, the Anaheim Ducks shoot for a second straight victory tonight over the Atlanta Thrashers at Honda Center.

The Ducks dropped their first three games of the season -- all on the road -- with superstars Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf combining for zero points and a minus-12 rating.

However, the trio broke out in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Vancouver with a combined seven points in Anaheim's home opener.

Ryan Getzlaf led the way with a goal and three assists, while Perry and Ryan scored just over a minute apart in the third period. Teemu Selanne added a goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 36 shots in the victory.

"It wasn't pretty. I don't think we're going to frame that one and say that is the way we want to play every night. But at least it's a starting point for us," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We won't criticize a win."

Anaheim, which plays the second of three straight at home, could get a boost at the blue line tonight if Toni Lydman is able to play. The veteran defenseman was cleared to return to action on Thursday after missing all of training camp and the first four games of the season due to double vision.

The Ducks could use the help as Andy Sutton is out six-to-eight weeks due to a broken right thumb, while fellow blueliner Andreas Lilja has yet to receive a work visa to play.

Atlanta also has its issues at the back end as Ron Hainsey won't play tonight after leaving the team yesterday to be with his wife after she went into labor. Zach Bogosian is also questionable due to a minor shoulder surgery.

The Thrashers will get center Jim Slater back into the lineup after he missed the club's first three games with a right wrist injury.

Atlanta has lost two straight since its season-opening home win over Washington last Friday, losing Tuesday's contest in Los Angeles, 3-1.

The Thrashers carried a one-goal lead into the third period after Chris Thorburn's goal in the second stanza, but the Kings struck for a pair of goals in a 2:17 span early in the final frame.

"What concerns me at times [is that] they ran some cycles against us where they opened up the points and they end up with more shots," Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay said. "But we're trying to get our team to understand that they all have to try to score goals, they have to get up ice and play an up-tempo kind of game. We're going to give up some shots until we really sort it all out, and not look for a perfect play, but run some cycles ourselves against them."

Chris Mason made 32 saves for the Thrashers, who play the third of four straight on the road tonight. Three of those games are on the west coast as the club visits San Jose on Saturday.

Mason is 2-7-1 with a 2.98 goals-against average in his career versus the Ducks, while Hiller is 0-1-0 with a 2.66 GAA in two games -- one start -- against the Thrashers.

Atlanta won the lone meeting between the teams last year, 2-1 at home, and has taken four of the last matchups in the series overall. The Thrashers posted an 8-4 win on Feb. 15, 2009 when the clubs last met in Anaheim.

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