NHL Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta
(Tuesday, November 6th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Washington 1 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Todd White's 100th career goal just 1:34 into overtime helped the Atlanta Thrashers edge the Washington Capitals, 2-1, at Philips Arena.
White was stationed at the left side of the crease and managed to knock the puck past Caps netminder Brent Johnson, who lost his third straight start.
"It was just a great play by Kozzy (Victor Kozlov)," said White. "He held the puck a little bit, made a pass and forced the defenseman to try and pick it off. Because of that I was kind of able to sneak in behind him. All he really had was to go short-side high. Fortunately for me it went in."
Ilya Kovalchuk also notched his 13th goal -- and seventh in three games -- for Atlanta, passing Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg for the league lead.
Kovalchuk's goal came with 13:40 left in the second, but just three minutes later he lay face-down on the ice suffering from back spasms. Kovalchuk eventually skated off under his own power, but did not return to the contest.
"We'll see tomorrow," said Kovalchuk. "Tomorrow they're going to do the MRI. When you can't even get up it's tough. I hope it's going to loosen up and I'm going to be ok for the next game."
Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves for the Thrashers, who won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 6-3 overall under interim coach Don Waddell.
Michael Nylander had the lone tally and Johnson stopped 29-of-31 shots for Washington, which has lost 10 of its last 12 games after posting three straight victories to open the season.
"It's a consolation that we played our style of game," Johnson said. "If not for their goalie coming up with a couple big saves, it could've gone our way. It's adverse times right now in here and some older guys have dealt with that in their career. I have. It'll take every single one of us to get out of this."
After a scoreless first period, Kovalchuk lit the lamp 6:20 into the second stanza to give the Thrashers a 1-0 lead. The tally came on a wrister from just outside the left faceoff circle that beat Johnson to the glove side.
Nylander then beat Pavelec with a one-timer to the stick side with the Caps skating on the power play with 15:40 remaining in the contest to make it 1-1.
It was just the third goal the slumping Capitals have scored in their last four games.
Washington captain Chris Clark has missed six straight games since Alex Ovechkin's shot struck him in the ear during a loss to Vancouver on October 26...Kovalchuk has a 10-game point streak (six goals, eight assists) against the Capitals, and has 18 goals and 38 points in 32 career games against them...Washington was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Atlanta went 0-for-6.
11/06 22:33:57 ET