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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

Conference.

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

Ovechkin.

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.

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