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11/6/2006 10:04:34 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) - Alexander Ovechkin had two goals to help Washington overcome an early three-goal deficit, and Chris Clark scored the winner in overtime, leading the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation to tie it. Ottawa defenceman Chris Phillips was whistled for tripping with 1:03 to play and the visitors clinging to a 3-2 lead.

Clark then scored 1:33 into the extra period off an assist from Alexander Semin, who also assisted on both of Ovechkin's goals. Ovechkin, the reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie, redirected a shot by Semin 7:56 into the second period to cut Washington's deficit to one goal.

Ottawa led 3-0 less than 12 minutes into the game, chasing Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig after only five shots.

Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette also scored and Andrej Meszaros had two assists in that spurt, which prompted Washington coach Glen Hanlon to call timeout and yank Kolzig, replacing him with backup Brent Johnson.

It was Kolzig's shortest outing since March 8, 2003, when he allowed three goals in 10 minutes against Boston.

The Senators have lost four straight to fall to 5-7-1 with 40 goals; at the same point a year ago, Ottawa was 11-2 with 64 goals.

The Senators held a closed-door meeting after their last game, but it didn't help and Ottawa's unbeaten streak at Washington ended after eight games, dating to the 2001-02 season.

Johnson shut down the visitors while he was on the ice, stopping all 21 shots he faced. He helped Washington improve to 1-5 in one-goal games this season.

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