This Date in Caps History - April 4
On April 4, 2007, the Caps downed the Thrashers in a Atlanta by a 3-2 score in the team’s penultimate contest of the 2006-07 season.
Ilya Kovalchuk started the scoring at 1:06 of the first period when he beat Capitals goalie Brent Johnson for his 39th goal of the season.
Washington scored three goals in the second half of the second period to roll out to a rare 3-1 road lead. Boyd Gordon tallied his seventh of the season at 10:08 of the second, getting help from Matt Pettinger and Steve Eminger. At 13:35 of the middle frame, Alex Ovechkin netted his 45th goal of the season on a Washington power play, Bryan Muir and Brian Pothier assisting. Ovechkin scored his second of the night with just 43 seconds left in the second to give Washington a two-goal lead. Gordon collected the lone assist.
Washington had a chance to add to its lead on a third period power play, but instead the Thrashers drew within a goal on a shorthanded strike from lumbering defenseman Andy Sutton.
The Capitals held on to give Johnson his first win since Feb. 24, a triumph that pushed his mark to 6-15-7 on the season.
With the victory, Washington halted a nine-game road losing streak (0-7-2). The win also enabled the Caps to match their modest point total from the previous season when they totaled 70.
The Caps were blanked on home ice in their final game of the season, a 2-0 setback to the Buffalo Sabres, so Ovechkin’s goals were the last Washington tallies of that season.
Atlanta won the Southeast Division that season and made what is to date the only playoff appearance during the franchise’s existence. The New York Rangers swept the Thrashers in the first round that year, outscoring them by a combined 17-6 in the process.