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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington



(Friday, November 4th)

Final Score: Washington 3, Atlanta 2 (SO)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Olaf Kolzig stoned Peter Bondra and Alexander Ovechkin was the only player to score in the shootout, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at the MCI Center.

Bryan Muir and Jakub Klepis tallied goals and Kolzig stopped 35-of-37 shots for the Capitals, who halted a two-game skid.

Peter Bondra and Bobby Holik scored and Mike Dunham made 30 saves for the Thrashers, who have lost four of their last five games.

Ilya Kovalchuk shot wide and Marian Hossa missed high and wide on Atlanta's first two shots in the shootout. Ovechkin then slipped the puck under Dunham's right pad before Klepis failed on his attempt.

Bondra then tried to go five-hole on Kolzig, but the netminder stopped the former Capital to seal the win for Washington.

Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Atlanta netted the equalizer with 7:52 left in the third period after Holik gathered his own rebound after a slap shot from the right circle and wristed the puck through Kolzig's five hole.

Kolzig made two diving stops in the overtime and Dunham came up big on a 3- on-2 Capitals' rush to force the shootout.

Bondra got the Thrashers on the scoreboard early in the second period after he chipped a loose puck over Kolzig for the 1-0 lead. Bondra gained the offensive zone, skated into the circle, and attempted to pass the puck through the slot to a trailing teammate. However, the pass hit a Capitals defenseman, caromed off Kolzig, and then went right back to Bondra, who backhanded it over Kolzig.

Washington got the equalizer with 10:21 left in the second period after Muir jumped out of the penalty box, gathered the puck near the blue line and skated into the zone before beating Dunham with a backhand shot stick-side high.

The Capitals took their first lead of the game just 46 seconds later after Klepis took a pass from Mathieu Biron in the offensive zone, skated below the right circle and wristed the puck over Dunham's glove just under the crossbar for the 2-1 lead.

Game Notes

Kovalchuk and Hossa both had their five-game points streak halted...The Thrashers swept a home-and-home against the Capitals on October 7 and 8, winning by scores of 7-3 and 8-1. Bondra spent 14 years with the Capitals, and holds club records in goals (472), points (825) and power- play goals (137)...The Capitals are 5-0-0 when allowing less than three goals. All five of their wins are by the score of 3-2...Washington has yet to lose three- straight this season...Capitals' forward Chris Clark was fined $2000 for an elbow delivered to the Flyers' Eric Desjardins on Thursday night...This was the Thrashers' first overtime game of the season. They became the 24th team to participate in a shootout...Atlanta was 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Caps did not convert on any of their five chances with the extra skater...Ovechkin was held pointless in back-to-back games for the first time in his career...Klepis scored his first goal in first NHL game.

11/04 22:15:31 ET


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