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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, October 8th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (1-1-0) at Atlanta Thrashers (1-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers go for a sweep of a home-and-home set tonight when they host the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena in their home opener.

Former Capital Peter Bondra and star winger Marian Hossa each had a goal and two assists, and Mike Dunham finished with 19 saves as Atlanta defeated Washington, 7-3, at MCI Center on Friday.

After going 0-for-6 while on the power play in its first game, Atlanta was 4- for-8 against Washington, tying a franchise record for most power-play goals in one game. Seven different players scored for the Thrashers, who won for just the second time ever in DC.

The Thrashers bounced back nicely after getting blanked 2-0 by Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. Bondra and Marian Hossa both scored their first goals as members of Atlanta. Bondra signed as a free agent last month, while Hossa was acquired from Ottawa as part of the Dany Heatley trade over the summer.

Atlanta is still without superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, who remains unsigned and could play the entire season in Russia.

The Thrashers open a three-game homestand tonight and will host Montreal on Wednesday.

On the injury front, Dunham started because rookie Kari Lehtonen suffered a groin injury in the opener. Lehtonen, who has battled groin problems in the past, is sidelined indefinitely.

Olaf Kolzig stopped 32 shots and Mathieu Biron, Brian Willsie and Andrew Cassels each had a goal for the Capitals, who opened their season with a 3-2 win over Columbus on Wednesday.

Rookie Alexander Ovechkin, who scored twice in the opener, added one assist in Friday's loss.

Washington will host the NY Rangers on Monday.

Atlanta is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Washington.

10/08 11:00:10 ET

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