Originally created 12/16/06

Thrashers fall in OT

ATLANTA - Alex Ovechkin scored his third goal of the game 6 seconds into overtime to power the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.

Ovechkin stole an apparent victory from Atlanta by scoring the tying goal with only 30 seconds left in regulation. He took the puck from Niclas Havelid following the face off to open overtime and scored the unassisted goal.

The hat trick gave the Washington star 21 goals for the season.

Jean-Pierre Vigier gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead with less than 6 minutes left in regulation.

The Thrashers suffered their fourth consecutive loss and fell to 4-1 against Washington this season.

Brent Johnson, starting ahead of Olie Kolzig for the second straight game, made 28 saves for the Capitals.

Jon Sim scored Atlanta's first goal.

There was no apparent carry-over from the last meeting between the teams on Nov. 22 in Washington, a 4-2 Thrashers win that included nine major penalties for fighting.


In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby assisted on two of Ryan Malone's three goals and scored his 16th goal to lead Pittsburgh to its fourth consecutive victory.

Malone was scoreless through his first 11 games this season until he had a goal and three assists against Philadelphia.

Mark Recchi, Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot also scored for Pittsburgh.

Jason Blake, Tom Poti, Miroslav Satan and Mike York each had a goal and an assist for New York.


Alexander Steen scored with 6 minutes remaining to lead Toronto over Carolina in coach Paul Maurice's return to Raleigh, N.C.

Mats Sundin had two goals and an assist, and Bryan McCabe added a goal and two assists for Toronto, which blew a 3-1 lead in the third period but pulled away for its second consecutive win.

About 3 minutes after Carolina tied it at 3, the Maple Leafs worked the puck to Steen in the right slot and he snapped it past Cam Ward from about 15 feet away.

The Hurricanes pulled Ward in the final minute but couldn't convert in the closing moments against Andrew Raycroft.

Erik Cole, Justin Williams and Mike Commodore scored for Carolina, which lost its fifth in a row.


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