Power-play goals lift Capitals over Thrashers, 4-3

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -Alexander Semin scored one of Washington's three power-play goals last night and assisted on both of the others, including Mike Green's go-ahead goal, and the Capitals held on for a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Green's 23rd goal - most among NHL defensemen - came off passes from Nicklas Backstrom and Semin and broke a 2-all tie 12:25 into the second period.

It came on a man-advantage, as did Washington's first two goals, which came 53 seconds apart in the first period. But Ilya Kovalchuk scored later in the first on a power play for Atlanta - with the league's leading goal-scorer, Alex Ovechkin, sitting in the penalty box - before Rich Peverly tied it.

After Green put Washington ahead, Eric Fehr added an insurance goal to make it 4-2.

Fehr's 10th goal turned out to be important because Todd White scored a short-hander off Kovalchuk's assist with just under two minutes remaining.

Washington also blew a 2-0 lead in its previous game, losing that one, 4-2, to the Philadelphia Flyers. This time, Washington came back after allowing its edge to vanish, and goalie Michal Neuvirth won his second NHL start to improve to 2-0.

Semin got Washington going with his 23rd goal less than 4 1/2 minutes in. With White off for hooking, Semin took a pass from Sergei Fedorov just outside the blue line and split two Thrashers before putting a wrister into the upper-right corner. Ovechkin also was credited with an assist.

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