Former Capital Peter Bondra opened the scoring with a power play tally midway through the first period. He later added two assists.
Marc Savard, Jaroslav Modry and Eric Boulton each had one goal for the Thrashers, who scored four times on the power play while the Capitals scored only once when having a one-man advantage. Atlanta capitalized on the power play by a margin of 8-7.
Washington fell to 1-1.
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