For the third straight game, the Thrashers gave up the first goal. Atlanta fell behind by three goals and came up short in a spirited comeback attempt. The comeback attempt was snuffed out when Washington scored in the empty Thrashers net after Atlanta pulled their goaltender looking for the equalizer with a minute left.
Washington's first goal was scored by Alex Ovechkin deflecting in a goal off an Atlanta defenseman's stick. Ovechkin scored the second on a breakaway. The third Washington goal was scored by Morrison, and came with two Thrashers in the penalty box. It was 3-0 by the end of the first period
The sophomore defenseman showed a willingness to jump into the play and put pucks on net, resulting in his second career two-goal game in the NHL. Defensively, Bogosian was on the ice for all of the Washington goals, logging a game-high 24:57 minutes. The Thrashers went 3-5 on the penalty kill and 1-2 on the power play.
The Thrashers finished their homestand 0-3-0. Now, they head back out on the road for two games with a 3-1-1 record. They return home to Philips Arena on Thursday to face the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Thrashers took eight shots in the first, 13 in the second, and 20 in the third for a total of 41. That's the highest Thrashers shot total of the season. Atlanta had a hard time figuring out how to get a shot past goaltender Semyon Varlamov until the third period.
Commenting on the Thrashers' comeback bid, Colby Armstrong said, "That's great, but we lost. It's not enough. It's not good enough. It's a big game for us. Coming out and giving up a three-goal lead right off the bat like that...it's tough to come back on these guys. We gotta pull our heads out of our 'you-know-what.'”