Vyacheslav Kozlov had a goal and an assist; Ilya Kovalchuk and Peter Bondra each had a goal; Marc Savard had two assists; and Mike Dunham stopped 22 shots for the Thrashers (40-32-7). Atlanta has a three-game winning streak and moved two points behind Tampa Bay for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
For the Capitals (26-41-12), forward Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and became only the second rookie in NHL history to score 100 points in his rookie season. Teemu Selanne accomplished the feat in the 1992-93 season.
Also, Ovechkin became only the fourth rookie to have at least 50 goals in a season, joining Selanne (76), Mike Bossy (53) and Joe Nieuwendyk (51).
Olaf Kolzig made 23 saves for the Capitals, who have dropped five of their last six games.
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