NHL Game Summary - Washington at Toronto
(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Milan Jurcina's third-period goal was the difference, as the Washington Capitals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Karl Alzner tallied his first career goal for the Capitals, who snapped a four-game road losing streak. Brent Johnson stopped 19-of-20 shots in the victory.
"I think the early Christmas present was having (my parents) come and see me play here in Toronto," Alzner said. "To get your first goal, that really makes it extra special. I think it hit a defeseman, I was amazed it went into the net. It takes a tremendous load off your shoulders when you finally get that first one."
Nik Antropov was the lone goal scorer for Toronto, which has lost three consecutive games and eight of 10. Vesa Toskala allowed two goals on 30 shots in taking the loss.
"(Ovechin's) a horse. I have a lot of respect for him," said Toronto defenseman Jeff Finger. "I think he's one of the best -- no, he is the best player in the league. He feeds as much off goals as he does off hits. He's a big strong man and he's got all the tools."
With Alex Ovechkin in the penalty box, Toronto was able to tie the game in the third period. Matt Stajan went in the offensive zone and dished it back to Antropov, who beat Johnson stick-side at 6:12.
But the Caps wasted no time in taking the lead back, as Jurcina circled around a couple Toronto defenders and beat Toskala just a minute later.
The Maple Leafs pulled Toskala with just over a minute remaining, but Washington kept the puck out of the net.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the Capitals broke the ice early in the second. Ovechkin took a puck in the corner and dished it to Alzner in the slot. While Ovechkin screened Toskala, Alzner fluttered a shot past the netminder's glove for the score at 1:41.
Washington was poised to make it 2-0 midway through the period, as Brooks Laich took a rebound from off the post and stuffed it home, but replays showed the puck went off his skate, which nullified the tally.
Washington has won seven of the past 11 meetings with the Maple Leafs...Toronto fell to 4-5-4 as the host, while the Caps improved to 5-8-2 on the road...Stajan notched his 15th assist and Tomas Kaberle got his 14th helper of the year for Toronto, while Michael Nylander posted his 13th assist for Washington...Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn left the game with an undisclosed lower body injury and is out for at least two weeks...Toronto forward Niklas Hagman left and did not return after receiving a knee to the head. His status is unknown.
12/06 22:44:53 ET