Washington at Atlanta

Thrashers' Bondra drops two goals, assist on old pals


ATLANTA -- Peter Bondra wishes the best for Washington, just as long as his former team isn't playing the Atlanta Thrashers.

"No disrespect to the Caps," Bondra said. "They played a good game tonight, but we fed off the crowd with the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk."

Bondra got the best of his former team for the second straight night, scoring two goals and adding an assist to help Atlanta beat the 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.

The victory completed a successful day for Atlanta, which re-signed 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.

Frustration boiled over for Washington, which had 19 penalties. Team captain Jeff Halpern earned the last two calls for roughing.

"I think there was frustration that there was a lot of contact on the goalie," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "We'd been warning all night. We were saying, 'It has got to stop. It has got to stop.' We went to the refs three times. Halpern wasn't happy with what was going on, so he went and took things into his own hands. That's why I'm proud of him. That's why he's our captain."

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 Olaf Kolzig's glove side on a 20-foot wrist shot left of the crease.

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

"We scored a lot of goals, a couple on the power play," Bondra said. "We did the little things right and got rewarded."

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.

"Atlanta did a very good job of going to the net," Hanlon said. We have to learn from that and we have to do that. There's nothing in the rules to defend that area. You cannot do anything. If you go straight to the net, you cannot defend the net."

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.

"Putting goals in the net and having exciting players on your team, it's certainly nice to only have to face them in practice now," Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham said after saving 19 of 20 shots and improving to 2-1. "You don't see it too often, but the last two nights our offense has been clicking."


  • Kolzig faced 42 shots.
  • With seven power-play goals the last two nights, the Thrashers set a two-game franchise record.
  • Capitals defenseman Steve Eminger and Atlanta right-winger Ronald Petrovicky were hit with five-minute majors for fighting with 9:17 left in the game.
  • The Thrashers were charged with 14 penalties.
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Peter Bondra helps the Thrashers complete a home-and-home sweep with two goals and an assist.  (AP)
Peter Bondra helps the Thrashers complete a home-and-home sweep with two goals and an assist. (AP)
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Three Stars
P. Bondra

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Savard

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 4
M. Dunham

Saves: 19
Save Pct.: .950

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Scoring Summary
06:50Power Play - Peter Bondra (2), Tip-In - Assists: Marian Hossa and Marc Savard
18:25Power Play - Greg de Vries, Wrist Shot - Assists: Marc Savard and Peter Bondra
19:05Power Play - Jamie Heward, Wrist Shot - Assist: Alexander Ovechkin
14:55Peter Bondra (3), Tip-In - Assists: Jaroslav Modry and Patrik Stefan
01:36Serge Aubin, Slap Shot - Assists: Scott Mellanby and Garnet Exelby
04:00Scott Mellanby, Wrist Shot - Assist: Serge Aubin
12:33Power Play - Marc Savard (2), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
15:25Marian Hossa (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marc Savard and Slava Kozlov
17:07Patrik Stefan, Wrist Shot - Assists: Greg de Vries and Serge Aubin
Penalty Summary
01:31Aubin: Hooking - 2 min.
05:37Yonkman: Tripping - 2 min.
07:01Halpern: Hooking - 2 min.
10:49Petrovicky: Slashing - 2 min.
13:37Holik: Holding - 2 min.
15:54Modry: Interference - 2 min.
15:51Aubin: Boarding - 2 min.
16:34Cassels: Holding - 2 min.
18:48Exelby: Holding - 2 min.
01:04Ovechkin: Hooking - 2 min.
02:26Witt: Slashing - 2 min.
03:28Hossa: Interference - 2 min.
09:30Pettinger: Holding - 2 min.
10:40Vigier: Hooking - 2 min.
12:42Stefan: Hooking - 2 min.
16:32Ovechkin: Charging - 2 min.
18:51Coburn: Hooking - 2 min.
19:07Aubin: Roughing - 2 min.
01:51Clymer: Interference - 2 min.
04:59Yonkman: Hooking - 2 min.
08:00Witt: Slashing - 2 min.
10:43Eminger: Fighting - 5 min.
10:43Petrovicky: Fighting - 5 min.
10:43Kolzig: Roughing - 2 min.
11:59Biron: High sticking - 2 min.
10:43Yonkman: Roughing - 2 min.
16:18Sutherby: Charging - 2 min.
16:18Sutton: Roughing - 2 min.
10:43Boulton: Roughing - 2 min.
18:05Cassels: Holding - 2 min.
18:51Coburn: Hooking - 2 min.
19:07Aubin: Roughing - 2 min.
19:07Halpern: Roughing - 2 min.
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Line Judges - Pierre Racicot, Tony Sericolo
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