Ducks face lowly Thrashers seeking third straight win

Atlanta (19-32-5) at Anaheim (28-24-5), 8:00 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — Captain Scott Niedermayer and
the Anaheim Ducks aim for their first three-game winning streak
since November when they host the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

Niedermayer scored a pair of goals, including the winner 55
seconds into overtime, as the Ducks edged the Calgary Flames,
3-2, on Wednesday to sweep the home-and-home series.

The 35-year-old defenseman, who ended a four-game pointless
streak, has recorded eight goals and 30 assists this season.

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Anaheim is currently in thick of a tight playoff race in the
Western Conference. The seventh-place Ducks are one of five
teams with either 60 or 61 points, bottled up between fifth and

The Thrashers have lost seven of their last nine, including a
3-1 setback to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Atlanta, which is opening a four-game road trip, owns the
second-worst record in the NHL.