Ondrej Pavelec


ATLANTA - -The Washington Capitals needed a lift on offense with Alexander Semin sidelined, and they got it from the most unlikely of sources Thursday night.

Low-scoring defenseman Jeff Schultz notched three points at Philips Arena, including a goal from 150 feet out, and three others scored their first goals of the season to lead the Capitals to a sloppy 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Washington chased previously hot goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the net with three goals on four shots, all in the span of 1:28. But, as it turned out, the outburst almost wasn't enough.

The Thrashers, who had gotten off to a surprising 4-1-1 start, struck twice in the third...