NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington
(Saturday, March 20th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Andy Sutton scored two goals, including the tying goal with 43 seconds left in the third period, helping the Atlanta Thrashers skate to a 2-2 tie against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.
Pasi Nurminen stopped just 16 shots for the Thrashers, who are 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Alexander Semin and Jeff Halpern each netted goals for Washington, while Olaf Kolzig stopped 43 shots in a solid effort. The Capitals are just 1-4-1 in their last six contests.
"[Kolzig] played great," Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon said. "He deserved the win."
Sutton snapped a wrister from the blue line that got past Kolzig for the equalizer. Kolzig, who appeared screened on the shot, did not make a clean save as the puck went off his glove and trickled into the cage with 19:17 gone by in the third.
"I got a great screen," Sutton said. "Kolzig didn't see it for sure. When you get a goal like that there is always one or two guys in front of it."
Kolzig was busy in the third stanza as he was peppered with 14 shots, while Nurminen faced just one.
Atlanta outshot the Capitals 4-1 in overtime.
Semin got the Capitals on the board first, with a power play tally, his ninth goal of the season. Josef Boumedienne ripped a low shot on net that was not cleanly saved by Nurminen. The puck was loose in the slot and it appeared that several Atlanta defensemen attempted to clear the puck away. However, Semin crashed the net, taking several whacks at the puck, finally slipping the disc into the cage, 7:51 into the second.
Sutton's first goal of the game, a blast from the blue line evened up the game at 1-1. Matt Pettinger was called off the ice for roughing at 13:14 of the second. Atlanta used the man advantage to cash in on Sutton's seventh tally of the season.
Atlanta's Vyacheslav Kozlov and Garnet Exelby were both whistled off for roughing at 13:14 of the second stanza. While on the power play, the Capitals got the equalizer 1:06 later. Halpern, who was camped out in the slot, snapped the tie with his redirected tip-in off a shot by Semin five hole, making it 2-1 at the 14:20 mark of the stanza.
Atlanta had 20 shots in the second period...Atlanta and Washington both finished 2-for-6 on the power play...Ilya Kovalchuk had an assist and has 42 assists for the Thrashers on the season...The Thrashers are 0-1-2 in their last three road games...The Thrashers are 1-9-3 all-time at the MCI Center...Semin added an assist for Washington.
03/21 00:52:08 ET