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Ovechkin's shootout goal earns Capitals rare road victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ATLANTA -- Washington rookie Alexander Ovechkin ended a personal scoring skid and then added to his shootout mastery of the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

After having a goal and three assists in regulation to end his mini-slump of two games without a point, Ovechkin scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Washington past Atlanta 6-5, giving the Capitals a rare road victory.

Ovechkin also scored the only shootout goal in the Capitals' 3-2 win over the Thrashers in Washington on Nov. 4.

"When I got into the shootout, I know what I'm going to do," Ovechkin said. "I just got the shot that was available and was able to make."

The Capitals are 4-2 in shootouts.

After Washington's Andrew Cassels and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk had shots blocked to lead off the shootout, Ovechkin's shot over Atlanta goaltender Michael Garnett's glove hit the bottom of the crossbar and dropped into the net to give the Capitals the lead.

Marian Hossa, who tied a Thrashers record with five points, and Slava Kozlov had shots stopped by Washington goaltender Brent Johnson to leave the Thrashers scoreless in the shootout.

Johnson stopped 29 shots, including two in overtime, for his second win of the season.

Johnson, giving regular goalie Olie Kolzig a night off, surpassed Washington coach Glen Hanion's expectations.

"We just expect him to hold strong and steal us a point," said Hanion of Johnson. "It was unexpected for him to shut them out in a shootout."

Washington improved to 4-11-1 on the road. The Capitals snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the third times in their last 12 games.

The Capitals also beat Atlanta 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 4 in Washington.

The Thrashers were denied their first four-game winning streak of the season. They fell to 0-4 in shootouts but took some consolation in rallying from a 5-3 deficit with two goals in the third period.

"This was still a good point for us," Hossa said. "We came back after we been down. In shootouts, it seems we cannot win."

After setting a franchise record with 55 shots on goal but still losing 3-2 to Florida on Sunday, the Capitals needed a season high for goals in a game to take the win. They outshot the Thrashers 37-34.

"If you don't shoot the puck, how are you going to score goals?" Ovechkin asked.

Jeff Halpern, Brooks Laich, Mathieu Biron and Dainius Zubrus also had goals for the Capitals.

Hossa had a goal and four assists for Atlanta. Kovalchuk, Kozlov, Marc Savard and Andy Sutton also had goals for the Thrashers.

The Capitals needed only two periods to match their scoring high for the season with five goals. Washington had scored five goals four times this season, most recently in a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 3.

Washington led 5-3 after two periods, but Atlanta pulled even with third-period goals from Sutton, his first of the season, and Hossa, setting up the scoreless overtime.

Washington is 8-0 when allowing no more than two goals, but it had won only two of 23 games when giving up three or more goals. That changed with Thursday night's high-scoring game.

The Thrashers took a 3-2 lead in the first period, but the Capitals answered with three goals in the second period for a 5-3 advantage.

Kovalchuk drew a 10-minute misconduct penalty 2:02 into the third penalty. The penalty came after Kovalchuk threw his stick handle over the glass after breaking his stick on a shot attempt.

"I broke my stick and threw it away," he said. "I didn't do it on purpose."


  • With Serge Aubin unable to play due to flu symptoms, the Thrashers recalled forward Karl Stewart from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Atlanta also recalled G Adam Berkhoel from Gwinnett of the ECHL.
  • Capitals pulled even in the series with Atlanta, 2-2.
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Alexander Ovechkin and Danius Zubrus get second period goals, but Ovechkin also nets the winner. (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin and Danius Zubrus get second period goals, but Ovechkin also nets the winner. (AP)
Washington  (11-19-2) «23001 (1)6
Atlanta (14-16-5)30200 (0)5
Three Stars
M. Hossa

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 4
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
M. Savard

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
05:37Power Play - Jeff Halpern (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Andrew Cassels and Brian Willsie
06:37Ilya Kovalchuk (22), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marc Savard and Marian Hossa
11:38Brooks Laich (3), Tip-In - Assists: Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Ovechkin
13:08Power Play - Slava Kozlov (10), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marian Hossa and Marc Savard
13:57Power Play - Marc Savard (15), Tip-In - Assists: Ronald Petrovicky and Marian Hossa
05:04Power Play - Alexander Ovechkin (19), Slap Shot - Assists: Jamie Heward and Mathieu Biron
06:03Power Play - Mathieu Biron (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Jamie Heward and Alexander Ovechkin
16:00Dainius Zubrus (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexander Ovechkin and Shaone Morrisonn
04:45Power Play - Andy Sutton, Slap Shot - Assists: Niclas Havelid and Marian Hossa
08:29Marian Hossa (16), Wrist Shot - Assist: Slava Kozlov
Penalty Summary
03:52Modry: Hooking - 2 min.
12:21Willsie: Hooking - 2 min.
12:59Eminger: Slashing - 2 min.
17:38Holik: Hooking - 2 min.
00:29Bradley: Hooking - 2 min.
03:08Slater: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
04:19Hossa: Tripping - 2 min.
05:29Stefan: Hooking - 2 min.
07:54Zubrus: Hooking - 2 min.
10:15Majesky: Tripping - 2 min.
17:35Sutton: Roughing - 2 min.
18:48Savard: Slashing - 2 min.
18:48Ovechkin: Cross Check - 2 min.
18:48Johnson: Roughing - 2 min.
02:02Kovalchuk: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
03:19Clymer: Tripping - 2 min.
10:12Stefan: Interference - 2 min.
11:02Johnson: Delay of Game - 2 min.
14:01Eminger: Tripping - 2 min.
17:06Exelby: Instigator - 2 min.
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Game Time - 65:00
Referees - Francois St-Laurent, Ian Walsh
Line Judges - Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
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