March 16, 2009

NHL: Atlanta 5, Washington 1

Kari Lehtonen made 49 saves Monday to help the Atlanta Thrashers set a franchise record with their sixth straight win, a 5-1 victory over Washington.

Tobias Enstrom and Slava Kozlov each had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have won seven of their last eight, but still have the third-worst record in the NHL Eastern Conference.

Jose Theodore started the game in goal for Washington but was pulled after giving up four goals on 19 shots. Simeon Varlamov replaced Theodore and allowed one goal on six shots.

Eric Fehr scored late in the third period for Washington, which is third in the Eastern Conference with 92 points, one behind New Jersey.

Atlanta's Anssi Salmela had first career NHL goal at 7:18 of the second period.