Thrashers snap Caps’ point streak

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 shots to earn his third NHL shutout, and Evander Kane, Nik Antropov and Ben Eager had a goal and assist each as the Atlanta Thrashers beat Washington 5-0 on Friday night and snapped the Capitals’ nine-game point streak.

The NHL-leading Capitals were shut out for the first time since Dec. 9 at Buffalo. Washington (14-5-1) had 10 wins and 21 points in its first 12 games, but missed a chance at a 15th victory that would’ve been the Capitals’ best 20-game start.

Pavelec, who fainted early in the season-opening home victory over Washington improved to 2-4-2.

Atlanta had won just one of seven, but the Thrashers took a 3-0 lead in the first period on Eager’s third goal, Antropov’s fifth and Kane’s eighth.

Dustin Byfuglien made it 4-0 in the final minute of the second period with his sixth goal, and Alexander Burmistrov finished the scoring when he netted his third goal late in the final frame.

Capitals forward Alexander Semin had his nine-game point streak broken.

Eager, benched for all but one shift of the third period in Atlanta’s loss Wednesday to Florida, made it 1-0 with a tip-in 2:42 into the first.

After Antropov’s backhander gave the Thrashers a 2-0 lead at 8:52, Kane scored 15 seconds later with a wrist shot from the right wing boards.

Five of Kane’s eight goals have been scored against the Capitals. This one chased goalie Braden Holtby, who faced only five shots.

Andrew Ladd, chosen as team captain on Thursday by Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay, assisted on Burmistrov’s goal.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Capitals. Holtby dropped to 2-1-1.