Ovechkin's 2 quick goals help Caps end skid

BY foxsports • October 16, 2009

First, the Washington Capitals wore down the San Jose Sharks.

Then Alex Ovechkin finished them off.

Ovechkin scored twice in a 28-second span of the second period, and the Capitals ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night.

The Sharks were called for five penalties in the opening 18 minutes. Although the first period ended in a 1-1 tie, San Jose was exhausted after being short-handed for nearly 9 minutes, including a pair of 5-on-3s.

"We were dead. It's too much to ask for guys to penalty kill for that long a time," center Joe Thornton said.

The Sharks got a power play early in the second period, but after that was done, Ovechkin took over. Both goals, fired from the slot, were set up by Mike Knuble. The first score came at 2:55, the second at 3:23.

Brendan Morrison received the second assist on each goal, which came against a withering San Jose defense.