ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers made their overnight cross-country journey home more comfortable after salvaging a second win on their season-high seven-game road trip.
Milan Hnilicka made 29 saves and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored twice to lead the Thrashers to a 4-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
With one second left, the Russian left wing capped the night with Atlanta's second empty-net tally in the last minute.
"This was a good team win," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "Milan made some big saves at the right time and we scored some big goals. We had good legs tonight and everybody chipped in."
Frantisek Kaberle notched the eventual game-winner at 7:53 of the second period. The defenseman fired a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle over Giguere's left shoulder for his sixth goal.
Marc Chouinard thought he cut Anaheim's deficit to one goal with 5:35 left in the second period. He took a shot from the right circle, but the puck became trapped underneath the Hnilicka.
"I thought the puck crossed the line," Chouinard said. "I asked the referee to go upstairs (for a video review), but he said, 'No, I can't. No, I can't.' The good thing about the review is that when you go upstairs to check it, there's no argument."
"The turning of the game was that goal that they said didn't go in," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "That's a huge decision, but in saying that, we weren't the team we wanted to be tonight, and that's reality. We didn't execute."
The Ducks did score about a minute later during a 4-on-4. Adam Oates dropped a pass at the left circle and captain Paul Kariya provided a screen for defenseman Ruslan Salei, whose blast went past the left side of Hnilicka.
Babcock pulled Giguere, but Hnilicka stopped Kariya's shot from the left crease. Lubos Bartecko picked up the rebound, skated down the right side and put the puck into the empty net with 55 seconds left.
"It was a team effort and we scored goals when we needed to and we kept the puck out of the net," Hnilicka said. "We really wanted to win this hockey game and make this tough trip end at .500."
Atlanta is 2-3-1 after completing the West Coast portion of its trek. The Thrashers return home for three days before completing the stretch of road games at Washington on Thursday.
"It seems on this road trip, especially, we've bounced back from bad performances very well," said Dany Heatley, whose team fell, 4-1, at Los Angeles on Saturday. "It's a positive sign. At the same time, we shouldn't be at this situation to have to bounce back.
"The losses at Edmonton and Los Angeles, those are unacceptable. We didn't play very well at either of them."
Hnilicka has become Atlanta's top goaltender with Byron Dafoe and Pasi Nurminen suffering injuries last month.
"You don't like to see anyone get hurt, but for myself, it gives me another shot and I'm trying to make the best of it," Hnilicka said after improving to 3-11-1. "I hope the guys get back soon, but I've got to perform at my best."
Giguere turned aside 21 shots for the Ducks, who had their four-game winning streak over the Thrashers come to an end and endured only their second home loss in their last eight games (5-2-1) at Arrowhead Pond.
Anaheim is seventh in the Western Conference but is being chased by Nashville, Los Angeles and Chicago, each of whom are within fewer than 10 points of the Ducks.
"There are some teams headed to the playoffs and the teams that are not are trying to mess things up for the other teams," Chouinard said. "I remember the last two years us doing that, but there are two many games right now for us to put our heads down. We need to get back on it and hopefully get a win in Los Angeles."
The Ducks continued to struggle on the power play. They went 0-for-2 with the man advantage and have just one power-play goal in their last 33 opportunities.