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Perrin went to the box, and Washington capitalized at 5:20. Green’s shot trickled behind Lehtonen, and Brooks Laich darted into the crease to sweep it across the line for his 15th goal of the season.

Atlanta got on the board late in the first period after a controversial play. Alex Ovechkin dropped to the ice after he was high-sticked by Thrashers forward Rich Peverley, but the officials didn’t see it. As Ovechkin skated to the bench, he stopped and went after Atlanta’s Marty Reasoner and earned a roughing penalty.

Ilya Kovalchuk one-timed a cross-crease pass from White past Neuvirth 33 seconds after Ovechkin went to the box. It was Kovalchuk’s 20th goal since Jan. 1 - one more than Ovechkin for most in the NHL.

Peverley leveled the score at 2-2 3:56 into the second period when a long breakout pass from Niclas Havelid sprang him for a breakaway.

Note - Viktor Kozlov returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a groin injury. He replaced Michael Nylander, who was a healthy scratch for the fifth time this season.