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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Washington Capitals 2 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Washington Capitals 2 FINAL OT
Atlanta Thrashers 2, Washington Capitals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Andy Sutton is on a tear for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Sutton scored his second power-play goal of the game with 35.2 seconds left in regulation, giving the Thrashers a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Sutton has a career-best, five-game scoring streak _ notching six goals and one assist in the span. He also has goals in a career-high three consecutive games.

``Sometimes great performances from a player force you to make an adjustment to a situation,'' said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, who has put Sutton on for a number of power plays recently. ``The big thing about Sutton is he's putting pucks on the net.''

Jeff Halpern and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, and Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves.

``Kolzig is one of the best but we didn't want to lose,'' Sutton said. ``We wanted to at least get a point. You don't make it very far in this league without a good power play and penalty killer.''

``I am just trying to keep things simple on the power play and get shots through. There isn't a lot of magic to it. When things are going well for you, you seem to find a way to see the little bit of twine showing.''

Washington celebrated its 30th season in the NHL by honoring the Capitals' All-Time 30 Team and All-Time Starting Six.

Kolzig, in his 10th season with the Capitals, was the only member of the starting six who made it to the game. The others are Rod Langway (1982-93), Calle Johansson (1988-2003), Peter Bondra (1990-03), Dale Hunter (1987-99) and Mike Gartner (1979-89).

``It was a good night,'' Kolzig said. ``It's too bad it was ruined at the end by the ref.

``The ref made a horrible call at the end of the game by missing a penalty on them and then giving us a penalty. I just don't think it's the right way to ref a hockey game. You can't ref like that, it's a joke.''

Washington took a 2-1 lead when Halpern redirected a feed from Semin in front of the net at 14:20 of the second period. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Capitals, who scored on a season-best four of seven power plays in a 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Hartley credited Kolzig for keeping the Capitals in the game.

``He is definitely one of the best No. 1 goalies in the league and tonight he proved it,'' Hartley said. ``He stopped many good shots _ stood tall on our scoring chances and gave his team a chance to win like any great goalie would do.''

Sutton's power-play goal off an assist from Frantisek Kaberle gave the Thrashers a 1-1 tie at 12:41 of the second. Sutton fired a long slap shot past Kolzig, who was partially screened.

``They're finding ways _ on the two goals tonight we had great screens at the net,'' Hartley said. ``Just to show that as a defenseman you can shoot as hard as you want but if you don't hit the net, you won't score.''

Semin got Washington's emotional night started with a power-play goal from Josef Boumedienne and Halpern for a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Semin curled from behind the net and slipped a quick shot between the skates of Pasi Nurminen.

``He is great on the power play and he has a great shot,'' Kolzig said of Semin. ``For being 19, he is going to be a great one.''

Washington's Craig Johnson missed on a breakaway with 2:44 remaining in overtime. Kolzig denied Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads the league in goals, with 2:05 left in overtime.

``It was great _ for everything that's happened this year, to have a special night like tonight and see all the old guys and mingle with them upstairs,'' Kolzig said. ``It kind of makes you forget about the season a little bit and remember all the good times that we did have here in the past and hopefully we'll have in the future.''

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:51
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (9) ASST: Josef Boumedienne (11), Jeff Halpern (22)
1 - 0 WSH
12:41
ATL
PPG - Andy Sutton (7) ASST: Frantisek Kaberle (25)
1 - 1 Tie
14:20
WSH
PPG - Jeff Halpern (15) ASST: Alexander Semin (12), Kip Miller (18)
2 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
19:17
ATL
PPG - Andy Sutton (8) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (42), Randy Robitaille (22)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:00
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Roughing against  Brendan Witt
06:00
ATL
Tommi Santala  Roughing
06:00
ATL
Tommi Santala  Roughing
06:00
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Benjamin Simon
06:00
WSH
Josef Boumedienne  Roughing against  Tommi Santala
08:56
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Kneeing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
11:56
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Interference against  Kip Miller
13:37
WSH
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Jean-Pierre Vigier
16:30
ATL
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Holding the stick against  Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre
2nd Period
06:38
ATL
Andy Sutton  Cross checking against  Andrei Podkonicky
11:24
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Ivan Majesky
11:24
WSH
Brendan Witt  Interference on goalkeeper against  Pasi Nurminen
11:24
ATL
Ivan Majesky  Roughing
13:14
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Roughing
13:14
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing
13:14
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Roughing
19:26
WSH
Brendan Witt  Interference
3rd Period
01:56
ATL
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Holding the stick against  Matt Pettinger
19:09
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
OT Period
04:28
WSH
Bates Battaglia  Hooking against  Ilya Kovalchuk
05:00
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Slashing against  Brendan Witt
goalie stats
Pasi Nurminen
Pasi Nurminen
SA: 18TOI: 63:39
Saves: 16EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
SA: 45TOI: 64:57
Saves: 43EV: 38 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .956SH: 1 - 1