WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ken Klee scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-2 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Klee picked up a loose puck at the top of the right circle, skated behind the net and hooked a shot inside the left post and past goaltender Milan Hnilicka at 10:35.
Andrew Brunette and Ray Ferraro scored for the Thrashers, 2-0-4 in their last six road games. Donald Audette added two assists for Atlanta.
Washington is 0-2-1 in its last three games.
Sergei Gonchar opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:17 into the second period. With Frantisek Kaberle off for holding, Gonchar scored on a slap shot from the left point.
Atlanta scored twice in a 1:18 span later in the period to take a 2-1 lead.
Brunette got his fourth goal of the year, staying with the play after it appeared goaltender Olaf Kolzig had squeezed his wrist shot from the left circle. When the puck dribbled out of the goalie’s pads, Brunette snuck unchecked behind Kolzig to poke it into an open net at 7:44.
Ferraro recorded his team-high fourth power-play goal of the season, converting Brunette’s centering pass at the right post. Atlanta had been 1-for-19 with the man advantage over the past four games before the score.
Notes: Washington LW James Black, a healthy scratch in six straight games, played for the first time since Oct. 27. ... D Sylvain Cote, who is a team-worst minus-11, was a healthy scratch for the Capitals. ... The Thrashers have played only 13 games, fewest in the NHL. ... Ferraro’s goal was the 371st of his career, tying him with Rick Kehoe for 76th place all-time. ... Capitals C Adam Oates’ assist on Gonchar’s goal was his 1,210th career point, moving him into a 26th place tie with Bobby Clark on the all-time list.