The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom and Jeff Schultz scored a minute apart in the first period, and the Washington Capitals got two goals from Mike Green in a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, whose previous four games were decided by one goal. It was only the second time Washington scored as many as six goals; the other was in a 7-1 rout of Toronto on Oct. 29.
Of the Capitals’ NHL-low 10 wins this season, four have been by at least three goals.
Matt Pettinger scored his second goal for Washington, and Backstrom had two assists. The Capitals improved to 4-3-1 under coach Bruce Boudreau.
Todd White had two goals for the Thrashers, who were seeking to move two games over .500 for the first time this season. It was the only time in five games this month that Atlanta failed to earn a point.