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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Toronto

(Tuesday, March 6th)

Final Score: Toronto 3, Washington 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves, recording his second shutout of the season, as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Washington Capitals, 3-0, at Air Canada Centre.

Darcy Tucker, Yanic Perreault and Alexei Ponikarovsky all tallied for the Leafs, who have won two of three and, with 78 points, are now tied with the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot. The Hurricanes were idle on Tuesday.

Frederic Cassivi stopped 28 shots for the struggling Capitals, who have dropped five straight and 10 of their last 11 overall.

Neither side lit the lamp in the early going, with Toronto holding a slight edge in shots on goal, 10-8, after 20 minutes.

Toronto finally opened the scoring with a tally in the second. John Pohl carried the puck down the right boards, ripping a wrist shot that kicked off Cassivi's skate and right to Tucker, who buried it in the back of the net at 3:08 of the middle stanza.

The right winger, who was out with a broken left foot, returned to the ice for the first time since January 1 in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He missed 39 games.

Perreault pushed the Leafs to a 2-0 lead when he stole the puck, dodged around traffic along the left boards and used a nifty backhand shot to beat Cassivi with 5:21 remaining in the middle stanza.

Ponikarovsky redirected a shot by Nik Antropov through the legs of Cassivi just 2:47 into the third, giving Toronto the 3-0 cushion.

"There was a point there in the second period where there was a few tip-ins," said Raycroft after the game. "I was able to get a piece of them. Not like in the other games where it seemed like they were going into the net."

"I felt sharp tonight," Raycroft added. "I'm just going to go home, have a Coke, go to bed and get ready for tomorrow's practice."

Game Notes

Tucker has 20 goals and 12 assists this season...Toronto was playing its second game without Tomas Kaberle, who is sidelined indefinitely with a neck injury after a taking a late hit from New Jersey's Cam Janssen on Friday. Janssen was suspended three games for the hit...The game was one of eight for Toronto this season being broadcast at 25 cineplex theaters...Toronto leads the season series, 2-1. The teams meet again for the third and final time this season on March 16..Washington is just 2-13-1 in its last 16 road games, while the Leafs are 3-4-1 in their last eight home games...Both sides were 0-for-5 on the power play...The last time Toronto shut out Washington at home was at the Old Maple Leaf Gardens on February 25, 1978.

03/06 22:26:24 ET

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