Washington
Capitals
29-41-12
Atlanta
Thrashers
41-33-8

20 SOG
42 SOG
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ATL
game recap

Washington Capitals 1, Atlanta Thrashers 8 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Washington Capitals 1, Atlanta Thrashers 8 FINAL
Washington Capitals 1, Atlanta Thrashers 8

ATLANTA (AP) - Peter Bondra got the best of his former team for the second straight night, scoring two goals and adding an assist to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 8-1 on Saturday night.

The Thrashers put their home opener out of reach in the third period as Scott Mellanby, Serge Aubin, Marc Savard, Marian Hossa and Patrik Stefan each scored a goal. Savard finished with four assists. Aubin had two.

After scoring their first four goals on a power play Friday, the Thrashers took a 2-0 lead with a one-man advantage on Saturday. Bondra's second goal of the season, coming 6:50 into the first period, swept past goaltender Olie Kolzig's glove side on a 20-foot wrist shot left of the crease.

Bondra has six points this season against the Capitals, who traded him to Ottawa in February 2004 following a 14-year career with Washington.

The victory completed a successful day for Atlanta, which re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk, the team's all-time leading scorer, to a five-year contract worth approximately $32 million. Kovalchuk's first game could come Wednesday against Montreal.

Atlanta, which set a single-game franchise record with a five-goal third period, beat the Capitals 7-3 on Friday night in Washington. The previous high for the Thrashers, a four-goal third period, came Dec. 12, 1999 against Tampa Bay in their first season.

Jamie Heward's power-play goal for Washington with 55 seconds remaining in the first period cut the lead to 2-1.

Bondra, however, made it 3-1 at the 14:55 mark of the second. His takeaway, coming just a few seconds after the Thrashers returned to even strength, allowed him to feed Stefan as his teammate skated out of the penalty box.

Stefan quickly passed to Jaroslav Modry, who missed a 50-foot slap shot near the top of the left circle, but Bondra instantly took the rebound six feet to the right of the crease and scored on a backhander.

Defenseman Greg de Vries made it 2-0 with a 58-foot wrister he fired from the top of the slot and past Kolzig's glove side.

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scoring summary
1st Period
06:50
ATL
PPG - Peter Bondra (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (3), Marc Savard (3)
1 - 0 ATL
18:25
ATL
PPG - Greg De Vries (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (4), Peter Bondra (3)
2 - 0 ATL
19:05
WSH
PPG - Jamie Heward (1) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (2)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
14:55
ATL
Peter Bondra (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaroslav Modry (2), Patrik Stefan (1)
3 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
01:36
ATL
Serge Aubin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Mellanby (1), Marc Savard (5)
4 - 1 ATL
04:00
ATL
Scott Mellanby (1) Snap shot - ASST: Serge Aubin (1)
5 - 1 ATL
12:33
ATL
PPG - Marc Savard (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jaroslav Modry (3), Braydon Coburn (1)
6 - 1 ATL
15:25
ATL
Marian Hossa (2) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Savard (6), Vyacheslav Kozlov (1)
7 - 1 ATL
17:07
ATL
PPG - Patrik Stefan (1) Slapshot - ASST: Greg De Vries (2), Serge Aubin (2)
8 - 1 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:31
ATL
Serge Aubin  Hooking
05:37
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Tripping against  Serge Aubin
07:01
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Hooking against  Bobby Holik
10:49
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Slashing
13:37
ATL
Bobby Holik  Holding
15:51
ATL
Serge Aubin  Boarding against  Jeff Halpern
15:54
ATL
Jaroslav Modry  Interference
16:34
WSH
Andrew Cassels  Holding against  Niclas Havelid
18:48
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Holding
2nd Period
02:04
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Hooking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
02:26
WSH
Brendan Witt  Slashing
03:28
ATL
Marian Hossa  Interference
09:30
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Holding against  Greg De Vries
10:40
ATL
Jean-Pierre Vigier  Hooking against  Mathieu Biron
12:42
ATL
Patrik Stefan  Hooking against  Dainius Zubrus
16:32
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Charging against  Serge Aubin
3rd Period
01:51
WSH
Ben Clymer  Interference against  Scott Mellanby
04:59
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Hooking against  Brad Larsen
08:00
WSH
Brendan Witt  Slashing against  Marc Savard
10:43
ATL
Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Nolan Yonkman
10:43
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Eminger
10:43
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Roughing
10:43
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing
10:43
WSH
Steve Eminger  Fighting (maj) against  Ronald Petrovicky
11:59
WSH
Mathieu Biron  Hi-sticking against  Brad Larsen
16:18
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Charging
16:18
WSH
Stephen Peat  Roughing against  Ronald Petrovicky
16:18
ATL
Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Brian Sutherby
18:05
WSH
Andrew Cassels  Holding
18:51
ATL
Braydon Coburn  Hooking
19:07
ATL
Serge Aubin  Roughing against  Jeff Halpern
19:07
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Roughing against  Serge Aubin
19:07
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Roughing against  Serge Aubin
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 16 - 20
SV%: .810SH: 1 - 1
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .950SH: 1 - 1