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(Sports Network) - Alexander Ovechkin's follow-up effort to a tremendous rookie season got off to a slow start. That's all the past, though, as the Russian star has his motor going full blast.

After managing a mere two goals and two assists in his first five games, he has tallied eight scores and six helpers in the last nine. His last two matches, both Capital wins, he has found the net twice.

On Monday, Ovechkin tallied twice in a 4-3 overtime win vs. Ottawa at the Verizon Center. Chris Clark's tally on a deflection 1:33 into OT decided the match.

Ovechkin bagged the tying goal with 24.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, but it wasn't without controversy. Senators defenseman Chris Phillips was whistled for a tripping penalty in his defensive zone with 1:03 left in regulation, and despite a heated protest from Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray, the Sens would face the rest of the third period down a man.

Taking full advantage of the situation, the Caps pulled goaltender Brent Johnson and skated 6-on-4. The strategy paid off when Ovechkin netted his second of the night, threading a shot along the ice near the boards at the left circle that found its way through Martin Gerber's pads.

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