Caps Skate Through Lightning

Clark's two goals pace 5-3 Washington win
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 12:22 AM CDT
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, sends the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning's Jeff Schultz during the third period of a NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in Washington. The Capitals...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It's become clear in his third NHL season Alexander Ovechkin is an elite goal scorer, but what isn’t so obvious is how his presence improves the players around him. Capitals captain Chris Clark hadn’t scored all year until he was moved back to Ovechkin’s line, and he ended up netting two in a 5-3 Washington win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, reports the Washington Post.

Washington scored goals one minute and one second apart to snap a 1-1 tie in the second period. Ovechkin scored an empty-netter to seal the victory. Olie Kolzig’s 27 saves helped end the Capitals' four-game losing streak, in which the team had been out scored 17-7. Tampa Bay star winger Martin St. Louis scored a goal in the losing effort.