Washington at Atlanta

White's 100th career goal gives Thrashers overtime victory


ATLANTA -- Todd White would prefer not to think about playing too many games without Ilya Kovalchuk.

"We didn't have a good first period at all," White said. "It's tough to get in the flow when you're killing penalties, but it was a great individual effort by Kovy to get us on the board."

White scored the 100th goal of his career 1:34 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 2-1 victory against the slumping Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Atlanta improved to 6-3 under interim coach Don Waddell, the team's general manager. The Capitals lost their 10th in 12 games after starting the season with three consecutive victories.

Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 13th goal, and seventh in three games, to make it 1-0 at the 13:40 mark of the second.

Three minutes later, Kovalchuk doubled over in pain against Atlanta's goal-line boards. He briefly lay face-down before skating off the ice without assistance, but did not return.

Waddell said Kovalchuk will have an MRI Wednesday.

"I can't really move or get up right now," Kovalchuk said. "But I hope it loosens up, and I hope to be ready for the next game."

Michael Nylander's fifth goal, on the power play with 15:40 remaining, made it 1-1.

White was at the left side of the crease when he beat goaltender Brent Johnson, who lost his third consecutive start. The goal was White's third of the season and gave him eight points in his first season since leaving Minnesota to sign a free-agent contract with the Thrashers.

Atlanta, which has won four of five, won back-to-back games for the first time since the final two regular-season games last April. The Thrashers' next game will be Friday at New Jersey.

Washington has scored only three goals in its past four games.

Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped Washington's first 25 shots before Nylander's wrister from the left side of the slot beat his stick side. Nylander had an uncontested shot after taking Viktor Kozlov's wraparound pass.

Pavelec, a rookie, has won his first two career starts. He made 31 saves.

"We had some great chances in the first period and in the third period," Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin said. "We had more chances than they did."

Washington coach Glen Hanlon gave No. 1 goalie Olaf Kolzig the night off. Johnson dropped to 7-3-1 in his career against Atlanta, 3-2-1 at Philips Arena.

Ovechkin, the Capitals' leading scorer over the past two years and one of the NHL's top young players, went back-to-back games without a point for the first time this season.

A former Calder Trophy winner as the league's best rookie in 2005-06, Ovechkin still believes Washington will soon end its slump.

"We have experienced guys this year," Ovechkin said. "I have more confidence this year, but we have to figure out why we're not scoring more."


  • Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov, who assisted on White's goal, has seven points, including three goals, over his past five games.
  • Atlanta improved to 3-0 in overtime after winning its first two in a shootout.
  • If the game had gone to a shootout, Kovalchuk would have stayed off the ice. "I tried my best to come back," he said, "but the doctor said no."
  • The Capitals are 0-1 in overtime this season.
  • The Thrashers went 0-for-6 on the power play, dropping them to a combined 3-for-24 over their past five victories.
  • Washington did not take a shot on goal in overtime.
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Backup Ondrej Pavelec makes the best of his second straight start, with 31 saves for another win. (AP)
Backup Ondrej Pavelec makes the best of his second straight start, with 31 saves for another win. (AP)
Washington (5-9-1)00101
Atlanta  (6-9-0) «01012
Three Stars
T. White

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
O. Pavelec

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .969
I. Kovalchuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
06:20Ilya Kovalchuk (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Bryan Little, Garnet Exelby
04:40Power Play - Michael Nylander (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Nicklas Backstrom
01:34Todd White (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Slava Kozlov, Ken Klee
Penalty Summary
02:49Dupuis, 2 min, Hooking
11:28Klee, 2 min, Hooking
18:20Enstrom, 2 min, Holding
07:36Bourque, 2 min, Hooking
12:13Pothier, 2 min, Holding
14:22Gordon, 2 min, Hooking
17:41Morrisonn, 2 min, Holding
03:40Holik, 2 min, Boarding
13:00Nylander, 2 min, Hooking
18:14Pettinger, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Brent Johnson 61:34292
Ondrej Pavelec 61:34311
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Referees - Ian Walsh, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Shane Heyer
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