Quick start lifts Caps past Thrashers

ATLANTA (AP) — Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and an assist and
the Washington Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 Tuesday
night to strengthen their hold on second place in the Eastern

Washington scored three first-period goals and led 3-2 midway
through the third period when Sergei Fedorov jammed in a rebound
after Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped a shot by Alex

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Viktor Kozlov and Alexander Semin also scored for Washington.

Simeon Varlamov stopped 29 shots in only his fifth start of the
season for Washington, which moved four points ahead of New
Jersey in the conference with the Devils’ 4-1 loss to Toronto.

Rich Peverley and Marty Reasoner scored for Atlanta.