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 Center.
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 clock.
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