NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 4th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (4-8-0) at Washington Capitals (4-8-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals try to halt a two-game losing
streak tonight when they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to the MCI Center.
Washington has lost two straight for the fourth time in the young season, but
the club has yet to lose three-in-a-row.
On Thursday night the Caps were pounded, 8-1, by the Flyers in Philadelphia.
Jeff Carter, Jon Sim and Simon Gagne scored two goals apiece to lead the
Chris Clark scored Washington's lone goal and Brent Johnson made 35 saves for
the Caps, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games overall. Clark
gave Washington a 1-0 lead 3:40 into the tilt, but Philly combined for seven
goals in the first two periods to take command.
Alexander Ovechkin did not factor into Washington's lone goal, and he was held
without a point for only the second time this season.
The Caps will host Toronto on Sunday to open a home-and-home.
Atlanta, meanwhile, hopes to win its second straight game after ending a
three-game skid Tuesday in Tampa Bay. Jaroslav Modry scored twice on the power
play for the Thrashers in a 6-4 victory over the Lightning at the St. Pete
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and three assists, while Peter Bondra and Vyacheslav
Kozlov each added a goal and two helpers for Atlanta, which snapped a three-
game slide. Steve Shields, filling in for the team's corps of injured
netminders, made 29 saves for the Thrashers.
The Thrashers converted all four of their power-play chances, and held the
Bolts scoreless in their two chances with the man advantage.
Kovalchuk extended his points streak to five games (4g, 8a), as did Marian
Hossa (3g, 5a).
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 burned his former club with a
combined three goals and three assists during the set.
11/04 10:27:18 ET