NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Washington|
(Wednesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 5, Toronto 4 (SO)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin scored the winner in the
shootout as the Washington Capitals took a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple
Leafs at Verizon Center.
In the second round, Ovechkin used a wrister to beat Jonas Gustavsson through
the five-hole and, after Michal Neuvrith made a blocker save on Nikolai
Kulemin's wrister, Alexander Semin sealed the win as he blasted a slap shot
Semin had a goal and an assist while Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Chimera and Mike
Green each lit the lamp for the Capitals, who have won four of their last
five. Neuvrith finished the game with 24 saves.
"We had plenty of chances and so did they," said Washington head coach Bruce
Boudreau. "We went to the net and that's how you score goals. They fought back
and we fought back, it was one of those games."
Tomas Kaberle had a goal and an assist and Kulemin, Kris Versteeg and Tyler
Bozak each scored for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped four straight and
seven of eight. Gustavsson stopped 26 shots in the loss.
Toronto got the only goal of the first period at the 14:29 mark. Kulemin
picked up the loose puck at the top of the left circle, stick handled his way
over to the low right circle and shot it into the far side of the net.
The Capitals, though, responded with a three-goal second period to surge
Skating on the man advantage, Semin sent a pass from the left circle to the
right where Green snapped a high wrister into the net at the 6:05 mark.
Exactly 4 1/2 minutes later, the Caps took the lead. Matt Bradley had the puck
and chipped it down to the low right corner where Boyd Gordon caught up to it.
Gordon immediately threw the disc out front and Chimera banged it in as he was
crashing the net.
Less than a minute, a slap shot by John Carlson at the right point was tipped
in by Fleischmann for a 3-1 lead.
Toronto scored three straight goals in a three-minute span in the third to
take back the advantage.
The first goal came at the 4:14 mark of the frame when a wrist shot from
Kaberle at the left circle got past Neuvrith.
Less than a minute later, Versteeg was sprung on a breakaway by Mike Komisarek
and he slid the disc between the pads of Neuvrith.
On the power play, Toronto took a 4-3 lead as Kaberle's wrist shot from the
right circle was stopped by Neuvrith, but Bozak was there to jam in the
rebound at the 7:17 mark.
Washington, though, tied the game with a power-play marker at 14:22 when Semin
grabbed the puck at the left side of the net and lifted it over Gustavsson
from the side.
Toronto hosts Buffalo on Saturday...The Capitals host the Bruins on
Friday...These teams split the four games last season...The Capitals went 2-
for-4 on the power play and are 5-for-8 on the man advantage over their past
two games...Toronto went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
11/03 23:57:45 ET