Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Winnipeg leads 5-3

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 8th
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Game 3: Friday, November 4th
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SO
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Game 4: Thursday, December 22nd
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SO
Jets5
Game 5: Sunday, January 1st
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Game 6: Saturday, March 4th
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OT
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Game 7: Thursday, April 13th
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Game 8: Monday, April 17th
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Jets 7

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

Capitals 3

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 7, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
WPG 2 2 37
WSH 1 1 13

P. Bondra (Jets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Hossa (Jets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

B. Willsie (Capitals - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Atlanta (0-1-0) at Washington (1-0-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Atlanta (0-1-0) at Washington (1-0-0), 7:00 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Ticker) - After an impressive debut, Alexander Ovechkin has won the hearts of fans in Washington.

The heralded rookie will try to build on a strong opener when he leads the Capitals into a matchup with the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday at the MCI Center.

After a year of waiting, the top pick in the 2004 draft made a big splash by scoring twice in Washington's 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

With all eyes on Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby's debut in New Jersey, Ovechkin, a 20-year-old from Russia, upstaged him by leading his club to victory. He notched a power-play goal midway through the second period to get the Capitals within 2-1.

After Dainius Zubrus recorded the equalizer five minutes later, Ovechkin tallied the go-ahead goal with 7:21 to go in the middle frame.

Washington's three-goal outburst in the second provided enough for Olaf Kolzig to notch the win in net. Kolzig, who was 19-35-9 in 2003-04 and had his highest goals-against average (2.89) since 1995-96, made 35 saves.

Kolzig will try to keep the Thrashers from notching their first goal of the season. Atlanta was blanked, 2-0, by the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. The Thrashers managed to outshoot the Panthers, 34-29, but could not get anything past Roberto Luongo and failed on six power plays.

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