NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Washington
(Saturday, March 1st)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mats Sundin notched a goal and a pair of assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at the Verizon Center.
Alex Steen and Nik Antropov each scored for Toronto, which has won four of its last five. Vesa Toskala made 26 saves and played brilliantly down the stretch to preserve the win, while Bryan McCabe added a pair of helpers.
"I have to be honest, the last five minutes I was pretty out of gas," said Toskala. "But in the end, those last four minutes, our players were blocking shots well. I think they [Capitals] were a tired team too because they played last night. Two tired teams battled tonight."
Alexander Ovechkin broke a streak of seven games without a goal by posting his 49th tally of the year along with an assist as Washington had its two-game win streak snapped. Victor Kozlov picked up a goal for the Caps, while Olaf Kolzig allowed three goals on 25 shots.
"They got a couple of lucky ones, a few redirections and a broken play there at the end," said Kolzig. "The first two periods, we probably didn't play as well as we did last night. I thought in the third period we did a pretty good job. We were desperate and it's too bad we didn't have a few more minutes because they looked like they were out of gas and we just couldn�t get the equalizer."
Ovechkin broke through late in the first period, taking a pass from Tom Poti and unleashing a wicked wrister from the high slot that beat Toskala with 4:13 left before intermission.
Toronto trailed, 1-0, after 20 minutes, but tied the game on the power play just 1:06 into the second when Antropov deflected Sundin's blast from the left circle past Kolzig to tie the game at one.
Sundin put the Leafs on top, 2-1, with 9:09 to go in the second period. He took a drop pass from McCabe on the breakout and unloaded a slapper from the top of the right circle that slammed into the back of the net for Sundin's 29th goal of the season.
Steen gave Toronto a 3-1 lead with 5:42 gone in the third, when Sundin picked up a loose puck behind the net and shoveled a pass into the slot for Steen, who stumbled, but managed to stuff a one-timer home for the two-goal cushion.
Washington pulled within 3-2 with 10:22 to play when Ovechkin fired a shot from close range that was kicked away by Toskala, but Kozlov crashed the net, scooped up the puck and fired it into the cage.
The Caps had several chances to tie the game with Kolzig pulled for an extra skater in the final minute, but the Leafs held on to lock up the victory.
Toronto finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Washington was 0-for-4...Sundin's three-point night gives him 70 for the season...Washington stayed at 68 points with the loss, five points behind Southeast Division-leading Carolina, which beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, Saturday...Washington finishes its two-game homestand Monday against Boston...The Maple Leafs return home Wednesday to host the Devils.
03/01 22:55:06 ET