NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Washington |
(Sunday, November 6th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Toronto 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin netted two goals, including
the go-ahead score with just under five minutes remaining in the second
period, and Washington held on for a 5-4 victory over Toronto at the MCI
Bryan Muir added a goal and an assist, Jeff Halpern collected two assists and
Olaf Kolzig made 26 saves to help the Capitals win back-to-back games for the
first time this season.
Washington came in holding the league's worst power play but cashed in three
times on nine chances with the man advantage. The Capitals also received a
shorthanded goal by Matt Pettinger.
Jeff O'Neill scored twice -- both on helpers from Mats Sundin -- while Bryan
McCabe and Kyle Wellwood each recorded a goal and an assist for the Maple
Leafs, who were coming off a 5-3 decision over Tampa Bay on Saturday in
Sundin's return from a fractured orbital bone.
Ovechkin snapped a 3-3 deadlock when he wristed a shot by Mikael Tellqvist on
the power play with 4:59 remaining in the second period. The rookie
sensation's 10th goal of the year, which also came with Toronto a man down,
gave Washington a two-goal cushion 6:07 into the final frame.
With Tellqvist screened by two Capitals in front, Ovechkin blasted the puck
from the left point for his fourth career two-goal game.
Toronto would pull within one when Wellwood knocked home a rebound after
Kolzig stopped Darcy Tucker with just over eight minutes to go. The Leafs had
a power-play opportunity when Washington's Jakub Klepis was whistled for
holding with 4:11 remaining, but couldn't come through.
The Leafs had one last good chance in the final seconds, as Eric Lindros
skated in close and backhanded a pass to McCabe, who couldn't get off a shot
and Kolzig covered up the puck.
Muir gave Washington a 1-0 lead with just over six minutes elapsed in the
contest when he ripped a 50-footer past Tellqvist's glove while on the power
play. Pettinger's shorthanded tally with 6:39 left in the first period
extended the margin to two goals.
After the Leafs turned the puck over in the neutral zone, Brendan Witt sent it
along the boards to Pettinger, who beat Tellqvist with a snap shot from near
the right circle.
Toronto would draw even by scoring twice within a one minute, 17 second span
late in the opening session.
The first came when McCabe rocketed a shot from the right point through a
screened Kolzig after taking in a pass from Wellwood with 1:47 left on the
O'Neill's first goal of the night in the final minute of the first period tied
it at 2-2. Sundin got the puck in the right corner and skated out to center
before firing it to O'Neill, who was camped alone along the left side.
The Maple Leafs had a goal waived off early on after Wellwood unintentionally
kicked the puck over the line while on a 2-on-1 with Clarke Wilm.
Washington would move back in front just 1:31 into the second. Jakub Klepis
sent a feed to Tomas Fleischmann from the right corner and the rookie found an
open Brian Willsie on the left side of the net for a 3-2 edge.
Toronto would take advantage of a 5-on-3 with under eight minutes to go in the
period, as O'Neill fired a shot over Kolzig's shoulder after receiving a pass
from Sundin from left of the goal.
Tellqvist ended with 28 saves in defeat.
All of Washington's six victories this season have come by one goal. The Caps
are 6-1 in one-goal games for the year...Washington had been 0-for-15 on the
power play over their previous three games...The Capitals snapped an eight-
game winless streak against the Maple Leafs, who went 6-0-2 in those
matchups...O'Neill now has seven goals for the season...Washington improved to
5-3 at the MCI Center...Fleishmann's assist was his first NHL point.
11/06 20:14:07 ET