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San Jose pulls away from Caps in second

WASHINGTON. (AP)-- The scoring chances didn't come often for San
Jose, but the Sharks took advantage when they did.

Alex Korolyuk scored the tie-breaker to spark a three-goal
second period as the San Jose Sharks won their seventh straight,
5-2 over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

"We scored timely goals," San Jose coach Darryl Sutter said.
"We didn't have a lot of chances, (but got) big goals. When you're
hot, that's what happens."

Korolyuk, Adam Graves, Owen Nolan, Scott Thornton and Vincent
Damphousse scored a goal apiece for the Sharks, who last lost on
Jan. 29 at Toronto. Washington had chances, but San Jose goalie
Evgeni Nabokov made several good saves and finished with 25 overall
as the Capitals held a 27-24 advantage in shots.

"Nabokov kept us in the game in the first period and gave us an
opportunity to win it in the second," San Jose's Mike Ricci said.
"We scored some goals, we got a power play and capitalized on
it."

San Jose scored three times on only seven shots in the middle
period. After Korolyuk redirected a shot that trickled through
Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig's legs for a 2-1 lead, the Sharks
took command.

Nolan then sent a one-timer past Kolzig during a 5-on-3 power
play.

Dainius Zubrus and Ken Klee were in the penalty box for
Washington, and both teams agreed the extra-man goal broke the game
open.

"I think that was a big turning point in the game," Nolan
said. "We had a lot of steam before that, but it took a lot out of
them once we got the two-goal lead."

Thornton made it 4-1 by scoring from the faceoff circle. The
Sharks had a balanced attack, with 12 players getting points.

"Everyone is chipping in one way or the other," Nolan said.
"We're on a roll right now. We feel we can't be beaten."

The San Jose victory also ended Washington's season-best
five-game unbeaten streak and dropped the Capitals eight points
behind Carolina for the Southeast Division lead. The Sharks now
have 74 points as the Pacific Division lead.

The Sharks also benefited from numerous Washington giveaways.
The Capitals coughed up the puck 17 times through the first two
periods, while San Jose had only four giveaways. Still, the
Capitals often played well.

"I thought we played well in most stretches," Washington coach
Ron Wilson said. "They just outscored us."

San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Graves scored on a rebound. Graves
fought off Washington defenseman Sergei Gonchar to swing a
one-handed shot past Kolzig.

Jaromir Jagr tied it, also on a rebound. Jagr took Adam Oates'
pass and was stopped by Nabokov, but flipped his rebound in for a
power-play goal.

However, Washington didn't score again until Gonchar's goal with
1:15 left. Damphousse then added an empty-net goal in the final
minute.

Game notes
It was Gonchar's 500th NHL game ... Oates has at least
one assist in the last six games, had two in this game and leads
the NHL with 49 ... San Jose defenseman Gary Suter had an assist,
giving him 837 career points, which ranks fourth among
American-born defensemen ... The Sharks' Teemu Selanne needs one
goal to reach 400 for his career.