For the first time since opening night against Boston, the Washington Capitals played a full 60-minute hockey game on Thursday night. The victim was the San Jose Sharks, as the Caps got four goals, played steady defense, and wore down the Sharks in the third period, winning 4-1 in front of a worked-up capacity crowd. This is what the red-clad faithful wanted to see. Gone were the endless stick fouls, third period collapses, and mental mistakes. In their place was strong skating, drawing penalties in the offensive zone, and taking advantage of a tired opponent in the latter periods. Alex Ovechkin scored two second period goals within 30 seconds of each other, Alexander Semin scored on a five-on-three in the first period, and Matt Bradley capped the scoring in the third period. On top of the ...
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