NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Washington
(Thursday, March 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Martin Gerber made 37 saves in his Maple Leafs debut as Toronto defeated the Alexander Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals, 2-1, at the Verizon Center.
Lee Stempniak and Pavel Kubina each scored for Toronto, which has registered a point in eight straight games (5-0-3). Gerber, who was claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators Wednesday, earned his fifth win of the season in his first game since January 8.
Despite being outshot, 38-29, the Leafs were able to beat the Caps for the first time in three tries this season.
Alexander Semin scored, while Jose Theodore allowed two goals on 29 shots to take the loss for Washington, which has dropped three straight and four of six. Ovechkin missed the game with a heel injury after hurting himself in the team's practice on Wednesday.
Washington outshot Toronto, 13-9, in the first period, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
The second period ended in the same result, with neither team scoring a goal. Toronto failed on two power play chances, while the Caps squandered their only man-advantage.
The Leafs finally mustered some offense 6:05 into the third period. After a puck off the boards came right to Stempniak, he banked a shot off Theodore's right skate and into the net.
Kubina gave Toronto some breathing room just under four minutes later, blasting a slap shot past Theodore with 10:13 to play.
Washington pulled the goaltender with just over 1 1/2 minutes to go, and Semin made it a one-goal game with 38.6 seconds to play. The home team couldn't net the equalizer, as Toronto skated away with the hard-fought victory.
Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala will miss the regular season with hip and groin injuries. He will soon undergo season-ending surgery...Toronto on Wednesday also acquired former Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, defenseman Jamie Heward and minor-league blueliner Andy Rogers while giving up Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and Richard Petiot in separate deals...Washington fell to 25-9-1 at home, while Toronto improved to 15-15-4 on the road...Washington also lost defenseman Tom Poti, who played just seven seconds due to a groin injury.
03/05 21:41:39 ET