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Thursday, January 24th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (20-22-8) at Washington Capitals (22-22-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will aim for their fifth win in six games tonight, when they visit the Washington Capitals for the finale of a home-and-home series at the Verizon Center.

The Maple Leafs are coming off a dramatic victory in the opener of the series on Wednesday. Mats Sundin scored the game-winning goal with 29.2 seconds to play, as Toronto edged the Capitals, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs emerged victorious while playing their first game under interim general manager Cliff Fletcher, who replaced the fired John Ferguson on Tuesday.

Alex Steen ended with a goal and an assist, and Chad Kilger also scored for Toronto. Nik Antropov added two assists, and Vesa Toskala made 30 saves to extend his personal win streak to four games.

The Maple Leafs have climbed their way out of the basement in the Northeast Division. Toronto has 48 points and is just two ahead of the Buffalo Sabres.

Toronto is just 9-14-3 as the visiting team this season and has dropped seven of its last eight road contests.

For the Capitals, Wednesday's loss snapped a season-high four-game winning streak.

Alex Ovechkin scored for the Caps, extending his point streak to six games. He has seven goals and four assists in that span, and nine goals in his last eight games overall. Ovechkin has a league-best 39 tallies, two better than Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk in that category.

Alexander Semin also tallied for Washington, which was denied its first five- game win streak in nearly seven years, with the last run coming March 3-11, 2001. Olaf Kolzig turned aside 21-of-24 shots in defeat.

The Capitals are 12-11-1 as the host club this season and have won three straight and six of their last seven in D.C.

The Leafs and Caps have split two meetings so far this year and Washington has taken five of the last eight encounters overall. Toronto has also lost three of its previous four stops in Washington.

01/24 10:58:00 ET


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