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Holik scores 300th goal as Thrashers snap four-game skid

Nov 23, 2006 - 3:13 AM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Bobby Holik used his latest career milestone to help the Atlanta Thrashers overcome their recent slump.

Holik scored his 300th career goal and Ilya Kovalchuk netted his 15th tally of the season as the Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

After three consecutive one-goal victories over the Capitals - all by a 4-3 score - the Thrashers raised their road mark to 7-3-2 and handed Washington its fourth straight loss.

"We really took the play to them in the second and third period," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "Outstanding goal scoring and excellent goalkeeping were the keys to tonight's victory."

Atlanta trailed, 2-0, before defenseman Shane Hnidy ignited a comeback with his first goal in 202 games dating to March 21, 2002. He fired a rebound of Glen Metropolit's blast from the right boards past netminder Olaf Kolzig's glove.

The Thrashers tied the game, 2-2, while Washington blue-liner John Erskine was off for hooking. Holik scored his fourth of the season by redirecting Kovalchuk's shot past Kolzig's right pad with 7:55 left in the second period.

"It really does not matter, 299, 300. What matters is that we won the game and snapped our winless streak," Holik said. Metropolit needed only 56 seconds to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead when he batted in his own rebound, which bounced off the glass behind the goal back toward the net for his fourth tally.

"(The) goal was kind of freakish on how it went in," Metropolit said. "I kept my eye on it and got a lucky one."

Kovalchuk added an insurance goal with 6:07 left when he stole defenseman Niklas Havelid's centering pass in the Capitals' zone and shot the puck past Kolzig's left pad.

Making his 10th appearance of the season, Johan Hedberg made 24 saves to raise his record to 4-2-0 for Atlanta.

Matt Pettinger scored his fifth tally, Jakub Klepis added a goal and an assist and Kolzig stopped 28 shots for the Capitals.

"I'm very proud of my players," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "We play a physical game and were a physical team. For that, I do not apologize."






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