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WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 28-second span of the second period, and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Ovechkin's two goals provided Washington with a 3-1 lead and gave him seven in seven games. The Sharks were the only NHL team he had never scored a goal against.

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.

Alexander Semin and Matt Bradley also scored for the Capitals, who had lost 11 straight to San Jose since February 1999. Benn Ferriero scored for the Sharks.

DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European defenseman and eighth overall to reach 1,000 points, assisting on two goals for Detroit.

The Swedish star has 229 goals and 771 assists in 1,336 career games.

Jonathan Ericsson and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby and Brian Rafalski also scored, and Chris Osgood made 24 saves.

Dustin Brown and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles.

OTTAWA (AP) - Milan Michalek had his first three-goal game in the NHL, scoring twice short-handed and once on a power play for Ottawa.

Jarkko Ruutu had a goal and two assists and Alex Kovalev, Alexandre Picard and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson had three assists.

Pascal Leclaire enjoyed a quiet night in goal, making just 16 saves.

Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone scored his sixth goal of the season.

MONTREAL (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly scored his first NHL goal with 6:13 left to help Colorado spoil the Canadiens' 100th home opener.

O'Reilly, an 18-year-old chosen 33rd overall by Colorado in the June draft at the Bell Centre, got his own rebound and put a shot past Carey Price to give Colorado its third straight victory. Craig Anderson made 29 saves, and Milan Hejduk and Kyle Cumiskey also scored for the Avalanche (4-1-1).

Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal. The Canadiens have lost four straight since opening the season with a pair of overtime wins.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dustin Byfuglien and Tomas Kopecky scored in a 28-second span early in the second period for Chicago.

Cristobal Huet made 12 saves, allowing only Martin Erat's goal.

Duncan Keith also scored for Chicago, and Brent Seabrook added two assists.

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