NHL Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: Atlanta 8, Washington 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Marc Savard had a goal and four assists and Peter Bondra had two goals and an assist as the Thrashers crushed the Capitals, 8-1, at Philips Arena to sweep the home-and-home series.
Goaltender Mike Dunham was forced to make only 19 saves for the Thrashers, who outscored the Capitals 15-4 in the two games. Atlanta, which was playing its home opener, improved to 2-1 on the young season.
Jamie Heward scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who were playing their first game away from home and fell to 1-2 on the campaign.
After last night's 7-3 victory over the Capitals in Washington, Atlanta again came out strong from the start. They opened up the scoring on a power-play goal by Bondra 6:50 into the game.
The Thrashers made it 2-0 with another power-play tally on a hard wrist shot by Greg DeVries from the point.
Washington was able to cut that lead in half in the last minute of the first period on a power-play goal by Heward. After a beautiful cross-ice pass from rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin, Heward put the puck home to make it 2-1.
Bondra notched his second goal of the night with five minutes left in the second period. After deflecting a Jaroslav Modry shot from the point, Bondra backhanded a shot past goalie Olaf Kolzig to make the score 3-1.
"We scored a lot of goals, a couple on the power play," said Bondra. "We did the little things right and got rewarded."
Atlanta continued to pour it on in the third period.
Serge Aubin made it 4-1 just 1:36 into the third period on a pass from Scott Mellanby. Two and a half minutes later Aubin returned the favor centering a pass to Mellanby, whose one-timer put Atlanta up 5-1.
Atlanta didn't stop there. On the power play Savard scored from down low on the right side after a beautiful tic-tac-toe play to make it 6-1.
The Thrashers added two more even strength goals by Marian Hossa and Patrik Stefan to finish up the scoring for the night.
"Atlanta did a good job going to the net. We have to learn from that and we have to do that," said Capitals coach Glen Hanlon.
Kolzig stopped 34 shots he faced.
Prior to the game, Atlanta and standout Ilya Kovalchuk came to terms on a multi-year contract, ending the forward's hold out. Although financial terms of the deal were not released, the contract is believed to be worth over $6 million per season...Atlanta outshot Washington 81-40 in the home-and- home...Atlanta ended the power play 8-for-23 against Washington in home-and- home...Bondra had three goals and three assists and Hossa had two goals and three assists in the two games...There were a total of 33 penalties and 24 power plays in the game...Savard tied Thrashers for most points in a single game.
10/09 00:06:37 ET