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Washington
Capitals
28-40-14
Atlanta
Thrashers
43-28-11
SO
30 SOG
43 SOG
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game recap

Thrashers 4, Capitals 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 4, Capitals 3, SO
Washington Capitals 3, Atlanta Thrashers 4

ATLANTA (AP) -The Atlanta Thrashers are off to their best start ever and starting to look like one tough team.

Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in a shootout to give Atlanta a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

The Thrashers have won five of their last six games and are in first place in the Southeast Division with 11 of a possible 14 points after seven games.

"We never quit. That's what is big about this team," said Hossa, who had a pair of goals and an assist in regulation. "We showed a lot of character and got a big two points."

Kozlov beat Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson to open the shootout. Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen then stopped Alexander Semin before Hossa beat Johnson. Lehtonen blocked Alex Ovechkin's shot to finish off the 2-0 shootout.

"I yelled when he (Ovechkin) missed it. I didn't say anything," Lehtonen said. "I just yelled. I was so happy to get those two points."

Hossa got the tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation to send it into overtime. His seventh goal came when he took a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk and knocked it over the right shoulder of Johnson.

Ovechkin scored in a three-goal Capitals second period to give Washington a 3-2 lead at 15:48.

"I gave up a couple of easy goals in the second period. They kind of stole the lead. That was frustrating to me," Lehtonen said.

The Thrashers jumped in front with a power-play goal in the first period. Hossa redirected a shot by Kovalchuk past Johnson, making only his second start, at the 5:02 mark. It came only 14 seconds after the Capitals' Kris Beech was penalized for holding.

Kozlov knocked in his third goal from in close on a slick pass from Hossa to give the Thrashers a 2-0 lead 1:04 into the second period.

"They've got a good hockey club with Hossa and Kovalchuk," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "They're also getting the saves they didn't get last year."

Washington bounced back after Kozlov's goal, scoring three times in the second period. Dainius Zubrus converted his third at 3:39 and Semin picked up his seventh goal on a power play at 14:51 off a faceoff from the left circle.

Less than a minute later, Ovechkin, who as a rookie a year ago scored 52 goals, got his third goal of the season, scoring from up close to put the Capitals in front.

"Right now it feels like a loss," Zubrus said. "We got some good shots, but that was when their goalie made his best saves."

Atlanta outshot Washington 39-25 in regulation, including 1-for-19 in the final period with Johnson making several outstanding stops. The Thrashers were only 1-for-7 on power plays and had a chance to score early in the third period when they had a two-man advantage for 1:15, but were stymied by the Capitals' defenders.

Notes: Lehtonen is now 5-0 against Washington. ... Lehtonen also gave up three goals in one period (first) in a 4-3 loss to Carolina on Oct. 13.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:02
ATL
PPG - Marian Hossa (6) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (5), Steve Rucchin (2)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
01:04
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov (3) ASST: Marian Hossa (4), Steve McCarthy (4)
2 - 0 ATL
03:39
WSH
Dainius Zubrus (3) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (3), Chris Clark (6)
2 - 1 ATL
14:51
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (7) ASST: Kris Beech (4)
2 - 2 Tie
15:48
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (3) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (2), Brian Pothier (5)
3 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
19:27
ATL
Marian Hossa (7) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (6), Steve Rucchin (3)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDATLWSHTOTAL
1V. Kozlov
A. Semin
1 - 0
2M. Hossa
A. Ovechkin
2 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
04:48
WSH
Kris Beech  Holding against  Jim Slater
13:16
ATL
Jim Slater  Hooking
15:03
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
16:33
WSH
Chris Clark  Slashing against  Marian Hossa
19:04
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Cross checking against  Jim Slater
2nd Period
08:57
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Slashing against  Bobby Holik
13:02
ATL
Jim Slater  Holding against  Jamie Heward
17:01
WSH
Ben Clymer  Roughing against  Jon Sim
17:01
ATL
Jon Sim  Charging against  Chris Clark
17:48
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Hooking against  Dainius Zubrus
3rd Period
00:38
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Tripping against  Chris Clark
04:45
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Holding the stick against  Bobby Holik
05:49
WSH
Steve Eminger  Cross checking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
07:32
WSH
Chris Clark  Cross checking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 40EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .930SH: 2 - 2
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 30TOI: 64:21
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2