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Hossa's overtime goal lifts Thrashers past Caps

ATLANTA (AP) -- As sluggish as his team looked in the first two
periods, Marian Hossa could only hope the Atlanta Thrashers would
wake up.

"It took one hour to get into the net," Hossa said. "But it
did."

Hossa scored 1:49 into overtime, wristing a shot past Olaf
Kolzig as the Washington goaltender was face down and giving the
Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night.

Ilya Kovalchuk handed the Thrashers their first lead at 7:08 of
the third period with a wrister from the left side of the slot, but
Washington rookie Alex Ovechkin forced the extra period with 25.2
seconds left in regulation.

"It's too bad that we gave up that goal at the end, but that's
going to happen," said Atlanta coach Bob Hartley, whose team
improved to 4-0-2 against the Capitals. "We found a way to come
back and win it, which is a sign of a team that is desperate, but
we're still on a mission."

Ovechkin and Kovalchuk each scored their 39th goals to remain
tied for second in the NHL behind Jaromir Jagr of the New York
Rangers.

Marc Savard had three assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves
for Atlanta, which won for the fifth time in seven games and moved
into a ninth-place tie in the Eastern Conference following Boston's
3-2 loss to Buffalo.

"This was a big two points for us," Hossa said. "We picked it
up in the middle of the game."

The Thrashers, who were just 1-for-6 on the power play, had an
advantage end just before Hossa won it with his 29th goal. Taking
Savard's pass as he skated toward the right side of the crease,
Hossa beat Kolzig, who faced 34 shots and lost his fourth straight
start.

"It was very disappointing," Kolzig said. "We had a chance to
make it 2-0, but we couldn't capitalize. I was seeing everything
great, and if you can see it, you can stop it."

Washington had a two-man advantage when Ovechkin tied it with
Kolzig pulled in favor of an extra skater.

Ovechkin was in the slot as he turned to wrist a shot over
Lehtonen's left shoulder, but Savard blamed himself for causing the
situation with a tripping penalty. Just 1:38 remained when Savard
let his emotions take over behind Washington's net.

"The trip -- it happens," Savard said. "He scored on the power
play. We capitalized on the power play early."

Jaroslav Modry tied it at 1-1 on the power play, firing a slap
slot just inside the center of the blue line. Hossa appeared to
block Kolzig's vision as the puck went past him stick-side low.

"The effort was there," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "It
just gets hard at this stage of the season not to get a win out of
it."

Ovechkin also assisted on Brian Willsie's 13th goal that gave
Washington a 1-0 lead early in the first.

Willsie scored on the power play after his shot from the left
circle deflected off the skate of Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton.

The Capitals have lost 10 of 13.

"We didn't have the jump that we needed in the middle of the
game," center Jeff Halpern said. "We didn't generate a ton of
5-on-5 to take some pressure off Kolzig at key times."

Game notes
Capitals D Jamie Heward didn't return after apparently
injuring his head when Eric Boulton checked him into the rear
boards at 6:44 of the second period. After lying face down for a
few minutes, Heward skated off the ice under his own power. ...
Willsie has three goals and four points in five games. ... Atlanta
played a home game for the first time since Feb. 4. ... The
Thrashers are 5-6 in overtime. Washington is 7-6.