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.
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.