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Thrashers live up to the name

October 09, 2005

ATLANTA

Peter Bondra got the best of his former team for the second straight night, scoring two goals and adding an assist to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 8-1 on Saturday night.

The Thrashers put their home opener out of reach in the third period as Scott Mellanby, Serge Aubin, Marc Savard, Marian Hossa and Patrik Stefan each scored a goal. Savard finished with four assists. Aubin had two.

After scoring their first four goals on a power play Friday, the Thrashers took a 2-0 lead with a one-man advantage on Saturday. Bondra's second goal of the season, coming 6:50 into the first period, swept past goaltender Olie Kolzig's glove side on a 20-foot wrist shot left of the crease.

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Bondra now has nine points this season against the Capitals, who traded him to Ottawa in February 2004 following a 14-year career with Washington.

The victory completed a successful day for Atlanta, which re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk, the team's all-time leading scorer, to a five-year contract worth approximately $32 million.

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