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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers coach John Anderson couldnt think of a better way to win a game. Brandon Dubinsky Jersey . Maxim Afinogenov ended Atlantas power-play drought with a third-period goal to lift the Thrashers past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday night. Johan Hedberg stopped 34 shots for Atlanta. The Thrashers were 0-for-13 over a three-game stretch with a man advantage, including their first power play against Anaheim. But Afinogenov scored from the right circle 4:03 into the third period, rewarding the Thrashers for their recent emphasis in practice on the power play. "The nice thing was that it was a power-play goal that won it for us," Anderson said. "We talked about the importance of getting one goal a game on the power play. It really makes a difference." Anaheim had killed 21 of its last 23 penalties before Afinogenovs go-ahead shot through Jonas Hillers legs. Afinogenov is second on the team behind Ilya Kovalchuk with 17 goals. "Before the game we spoke about we wanted the power play to get going and how its going to win the game," Afinogenov said. "We just tried to shoot more and I think its working. We got a couple of shots. "The puck was bouncing there for me. I just tried to put it into the net and it worked." The Thrashers began the night ranked 18th in the league with their 17.7 per cent success with a man advantage. "Weve been working on that lately," Hedberg said. "When you try to do too much, sometimes you overdo something." The Ducks were stopped on their four power plays. "Our first power play we had seven or eight shots," said Bobby Ryan, who had an assist on Emingers goal. "We lost momentum. Everybody was trying to do too much." Hedberg allowed one goal in his third straight game, but the Thrashers poor production on their power play helped lead to losses in the first two game. "Its a big win for us tonight," Hedberg said. "Weve been deserving to win the last few weeks, and tonight we managed to get the extra goal. Hopefully thats what we need to put us on a roll here." The Thrashers are 5-4-1 since ending a nine-game winless streak. The Ducks lost for the third time in 11 games. Anderson said the Thrashers "thought weve played very well" even while losing three of their last four before facing the Ducks. "The last three or four games, we certainly didnt reap the reward," Anderson said. "Tonight was a breath of fresh air. We played a tight, low-scoring game and we won." The Thrashers won for only the third time in regulation when scoring no more than two goals. Colby Armstrong gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead early in the second period with his follow after Hiller stopped shots by Evander Kane and Ron Hainsey. Steve Emingers goal with 2:02 remaining in the second tied the game. The Thrashers were stopped on their final two opportunities with a man advantage, leaving them 1-for-4 in the game. Hiller had 32 stops. "He played well enough to keep us in the game," Anaheims Ryan Getzlaf said. "Its frustrating. Maybe we over-handled the puck a little bit." Atlantas Chris Thornburn left after he was hit in his face by the puck 5:37 into the third period. Thornburn fell to the ice before heading to the locker room. He returned later in the period. NOTES: The Thrashers improved to 2-4 in Atlanta against the Ducks with their first home win in the series since Dec. 5, 2003. Anaheim leads the overall series 7-5. ... Ducks C Saku Koivu of Finland, one of the teams eight Olympians, returned after missing four games with a sprained right knee. ... Thrashers F Slava Kozlov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He had a franchise-record 251 consecutive games played before he was held out of Saturdays 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay. Mike Richards Jersey . Cest ce qua laissé savoir le directeur général Pierre Gauthier, jeudi. ?Nous allons nous occuper de lui, a-t-il affirmé. 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Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, Raja Bell had 20 and the Phoenix Suns avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season with a 107-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire acquired the rights to Colombian defender Yamith Cuesta in a trade with Chivas USA on Wednesday in exchange for a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft selection. The 21-year-old will be immediately added to the clubs roster after making 15 appearances with Chivas from 2009-10, while also playing in three games and scoring one goal with the Colombian U-20 national team. "Yamith is a gifted defenderr with size, speed and strong defensive skills," said Fire technical director Frank Klopas. Henrik Lundqvist Jersey. "Our defense will benefit from bringing in a young player with experience both in MLS and his native Colombia." 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