NHL Game Summary - Washington at Toronto|
(Saturday, February 25th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist as
the Washington Capitals raced out to a four-goal lead and downed the Toronto
Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Alexander Semin, Jeff Halpern and Keith Aucoin also lit the lamp for the
Capitals, who earned their second straight win. Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves
in the victory.
Colby Armstrong and Tim Connolly scored for the Maple Leafs, while James
Reimer stopped 32-of-36 shots in Toronto's eighth loss in nine games.
Washington took the lead just 32 seconds into the game when Johansson grabbed
a pass in the left circle before skating around the back of the net and
beating Reimer with a wraparound.
Then, at the 3:46 mark of the first period, Semin snuck up from behind
Toronto's Luke Schenn inside the Leaf's offensive zone, stole the puck and
sent a wrister through Reimer's legs to make it a 2-0 game entering the first
"We're not playing with enough urgency right off the bat, especially in our
building," Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "There is no reason for
it and there is no excuse for it."
The Capitals added to their lead 11:31 into the second period when Halpern
cleaned up Joel Ward's rebound by lifting a shot under the crossbar from the
left of the net.
Aucoin finished off a tic-tac-toe play with 4:57 left in the middle stanza to
give Washington a 4-0 lead.
Neuvirth made nine saves in the first period and 10 in the second to keep
Toronto off the board, but Armstrong beat the goaltender with a wrister from
the right circle that sailed into the far side 4:50 into the third.
Connolly's shot from behind the net that deflected off the skate of
Washington's Dennis Wideman and past the goal line with 4:57 remaining in the
game accounted for the final margin.
"For two periods we did a great job," said Halpern. "I'm sure we'll look at
why we gave up so much in the third and made it interesting, but for the most
part it was a good game."
Washington is 6-1-1 in its last eight meetings with Toronto...The Capitals
improved to 11-18-3 on the road this season, while the Maple Leafs fell to
16-11-5 at home...Washington's Alex Ovechkin had two assists in the
contest...Aucoin and Armstrong recorded their first goals of the season.
02/26 02:08:52 ET