Ovechkin lifts Caps in shootout


November 05, 2005

Alex Ovechkin scored the only shootout goal last night, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.

Ovechkin, Washington's first shooter, deked goalie Mike Dunham off his skates and then pushed the puck under his right leg.

"He had three or four moves in the space of four or five feet," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "Pretty impressive."

"I was lucky," Ovechkin said.

Luckier than the Thrashers, who couldn't coax a goal out of their snipers, much to the dismay of coach Bob Hartley. Olie Kolzig had to make only one real save.

"Olie's a big-sized goalie, and he has an advantage in the shootout," Hartley said.

Atlanta didn't make it too tough on Kolzig, however.

Ilya Kovalchuk shot wide left and Marian Hossa fired wide right before Kolzig gobbled up Peter Bondra's attempt that would have prolonged the Thrashers' first shootout.

Kolzig expected his former teammate to try to shoot to his blocker side, not push the puck into his gut.

"I was wondering if he was thinking that's where I knew he was going," Kolzig said. "He went glove side, I got a piece of it and, well, poetic justice."

Bryan Muir and Jakub Klepis scored in regulation for Washington, which had lost six of eight and was coming off an 8-1 drubbing in Philadelphia on Thursday.

"We bounce back quick," said Kolzig said.

Muir's goal broke a 47-game goal drought, dating to March 30, 2002, when he played for Colorado. Klepis, recalled from Hershey of the AHL earlier yesterday, scored in his NHL debut.

Bondra and Bobby Holik had goals for Atlanta, which had outscored Washington 15-4 in two victories earlier this season. The Thrashers had won three straight from the Capitals.

Bondra has four goals this season against Washington, his former team.

Atlanta was 0-for-6 on the power play and failed to score a man-advantage goal for the first time in six games.

Bondra broke a scoreless tie 2:17 into the second period.

Washington then scored on consecutive shots in a 46-second span later in the period for a 2-1 lead.

Muir tied it at 9:39, taking a feed from Shaone Morrisonn, driving the left wing and beating Dunham from close range.

Klepis then got his first NHL goal, scoring off a wrist shot.

Canadiens 3, Sabres 2 -- Niklas Sundstrom scored with just under three minutes remaining to lift Montreal to its third straight victory and an NHL-best 6-0-1 on the road. The Canadiens won for the first time in eight games in Buffalo.

Off the ice -- The team granted a temporary restraining order against holdout Alexander Semin, preventing the Russian forward's representatives from negotiating contracts with any team other than Washington. A motion on the Capitals' request for a preliminary injunction against Semin will be held Nov. 23. Semin, taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NHL draft, signed a three-year deal with the Capitals in 2003. He played for Washington in 2003-04, then was told to report to Portland of the AHL in September 2004 during the NHL lockout. Instead, Semin went to play for Russian team Lada Togliatti. ... Blue Jackets star forward Rick Nash, 21, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, was put on injured reserve and could miss four to six weeks after injuring his left knee in Thursday night's 2-1 loss in Calgary.

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