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Washington Capitals vs. Atlanta Thrashers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM
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Washington Capitals vs. Atlanta Thrashers
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GAME: Washington Capitals (1-1-0) at Atlanta Thrashers (1-1-0).

TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT.

Peter Bondra hopes to torment his former team for the second straight night when the Atlanta Thrashers try to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Washington Capitals.

Bondra made a successful return to Washington in a 7-3 victory on Friday. The forward scored the game's first goal on the power play, and added a pair of assists after being cheered by the fans at the MCI Center.

"Obviously, I have a lot of memories here," Bondra said, "but at the same time I'm going to put all my energies into moving forward and doing my best for the Thrashers."

Bondra produced more goals (472), points (825) and power-play goals (137) than any player in Capitals history. Washington traded him to Ottawa during last season's salary dump, and the Capitals made him an offer during the offseason, but Bondra chose Atlanta.

"We wanted to play Peter real hard because we know he can make an impact on a hockey game. We've seen that here," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "But trying and doing are two different things."

Atlanta broke out after being blanked 2-0 by Florida in its opener Wednesday. The Thrashers converted on four of eight power-play chances Friday.

Washington killed all nine penalties it faced in its win over Columbus in Wednesday's opener before yielding Atlanta's first four goals with the man advantage.

"As patient as we were in Game 1, we were just running around too much," Hanlon said. "A little overaggressive."

Washington's Martin Biron and Brian Sutherby were each whistled for costly penalties in the first period, leading to goals for Atlanta.

The Thrashers recalled goaltender Michael Garnett from Chicago of the AHL on Friday to serve as Mike Dunham's backup. Garnett was added one day after Kari Lehtonen was place on injured reserve with a groin injury suffered in the opener.

STANDINGS: Capitals - 2 points, 1st place (tied), Southeast Division. Thrashers - 2 points, 1st place (tied), Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Alexander Ovechkin, 2 goals; Jeff Halpern, 4 assists and 4 points; Matt Bradley, 7 PIM. Thrashers - Seven tied with 1 goal; Bondra, Marian Hossa and Marc Savard, 2 assists and 3 points; Jaroslav Modry and Greg de Vries, 6 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 6): Capitals - Power play: 25 percent (2 for 8), 5th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 100 percent (9 for 9), 1st (tied). Thrashers - Power play: 0 percent (0 for 6), 22nd (tied). Penalty killing: 87.5 percent (7 for 8), 14th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Olaf Kolzig (1-1-0, 3.50 GAA); Brent Johnson (no record). Thrashers - Dunham (0-2-0, 3.00); Garnett (no record).

SEASON SERIES: Thrashers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: October 7; Thrashers, 7-3. Bondra assisted on Bobby Holik's goal 5:03 into the second period to make it 3-1, and also on Savard's score that made it 4-1 at 10:18.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 0-0-0 on the road; Thrashers - 0-0-0 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 17 '06 ATL 4 at WSH 6 B. Willsie
Apr 13 '06 WSH 3 at ATL 5 M. Hossa
Mar 04 '06 WSH 2 at ATL 3 - OT M. Hossa
Jan 01 '06 ATL 5 at WSH 2 S. Mellanby
Dec 22 '05 WSH 6 at ATL 5 - SO A. Ovechkin
Nov 04 '05 ATL 2 at WSH 3 - SO A. Ovechkin
Oct 08 '05 WSH 1 at ATL 8 G. De Vries
Oct 07 '05 ATL 7 at WSH 3 M. Savard