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Thrashers snap four-game home losing skid
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at Capitals

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Washington, D.C.

TV, radio: SportSouth (Charter channel 36)

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ATLANTA Ilya Kovalchuk got his 10th goal in eight games, and the Atlanta Thrashers had two short-handed scores to break a four-game home losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.The Thrashers won for just the fifth time in their last 21 games at Philips Arena. Overall, Atlanta has four victories and eight points in its last seven matches.

Kovalchuk’s 31st goal was a redirection 4:07 into the game. The Thrashers captain has 28 points, including 20 goals, in the last 24 games.

Milan Hejduk had his 21st and 22nd goals for Colorado, which has lost two straight and six of nine.

Chris Stewart ended the scoring with his ninth goal with 1:31 remaining.

The Avalanche had a man-advantage after coach Tony Granato briefly pulled goaltender Peter Budaj with approximately 2:30 remaining.

Despite a wrister from Hejduk that made it 3-1 late in the first period, Colorado showed why it has the NHL’s worst power-play unit on the road. The Avs gave up career-first short-handed goals to Tobias Enstrom and Eric Peverley of the league’s most porous home penalty-killing unit.

Atlanta began the game having killed a league-low 70.4 percent of 115 penalties at home.

The Avalanche’s power play is 1-for-15 in its last four games.

Budaj, starting for the first time since Montreal beat him 4-2 on Feb. 13, dropped his fourth straight decision overall and is 0-8-1 in his last nine starts on the road. He stopped 22 of 26 shots as his record dropped to 16-24-1.

Enstrom opened the scoring with a backhander 2:57 into the game after Eric Perrin started the short-handed breakaway and assisted from the right circle.

Enstrom also dived against the left boards to poke the puck up the ice for Peverley, whose short-handed goal made it 4-2 late in the middle period.

Kari Lehtonen improved to 12-18-3 by making 33 saves.

Notes: C Paul Stastny returned to the Avalanche lineup after missing the last 26 games with a broken arm. He assisted on Hejduk’s first goal. ... Hejduk also had two-goal games in a 7-4 loss to Toronto on Jan. 29 and in a 5-4 loss at Dallas on Oct. 18. ... Atlanta’s only other game with two short-handed goals this season came in an 8-4 victory Feb. 15 at Anaheim.

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