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Pavelec’s 45 saves leads Thrashers over Capitals

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WASHINGTON — Ondrej Pavelec stopped 45 shots, Andrew Ladd and Rich Peverley each had a goal and an assist, and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Capitals 3-1 on Saturday night to snap a nine-game losing streak in Washington.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Thrashers, a run that began with Pavelec blanking Washington in Atlanta on Nov. 19. The Thrashers are 3-1-1 against the Capitals after going 0-6 in last season's series.

Alex Ovechkin's goal-scoring drought ended at a career-high tying nine games, but the Capitals fell to 12-2-1 at home with their first loss against Atlanta at Verizon Center since February 2008.

Washington went 0 for 5 on the power play, mostly because Pavelec was so sharp in improving to 3-8 against the Capitals.