On April 7, 2009 the Capitals paid a visit to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers in the opening contest of their final road trip of the 2008-09 season. Washington skated off with a 4-2 victory.
Tomas Fleischmann got the Caps started at 8:20 of the first, scoring his 19th goal of the season with help from Brian Pothier and Nicklas Backstrom to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Atlanta’s Rich Peverley countered at 9:28 of the frame to tie it at 1-1, but Washington’s Viktor Kozlov wasted no time in restoring the Caps’ advantage. Just 28 seconds after Peverley’s goal, Kozlov scored with help from Backstrom and Fleischmann to give the Caps a lead they would not relinquish. Kozlov’s goal was his 13th of the season.
Early in the second period, Atlanta’s Marty Reasoner scored to pull the home team within a goal at 3-2. The Capitals and goaltender Semyon Varlamov successfully killed six penalties the rest of the way – including an illegal stick call on Mike Green – to thwart Atlanta’s continued bids to tie the contest.
Midway through the third period, Washington’s Sergei Fedorov supplied the insurance tally that allowed the Caps to breathe easy the rest of the way. Ovechkin supplied the solo assist on Fedorov’s 11th goal of the season.
Varlamov made 29 saves to earn the win as Washington ran its record to 49-23-8 on the season.
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