Capitals Bag Leafs 4-1

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The Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The win raised the Capitals’ record to 53-18-8 (114 points). The Capitals “magic number” is down to one. The Capitals finally head home to host the New York Rangers Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. 

Philipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Capitals. With a back-to-back set tonight and tomorrow, Braden Holtby will get the start against the Rangers at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

John Carlson was scratched after warm-ups. He is officially listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. Carlson skated at morning skate. Taylor Chorney and Paul Carey were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.

Nate Schmidt replaced John Carlson, and was paired with Karl Alzner. This was his first start after sitting out nine consecutive games.


  • The Capitals outshot the Maple Leafs 13-3 for the opening period.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk would score his first goal as a Capital on a second period power play.
  • Nate Schmidt scored his second goal in as many games played.

The Capitals would notch the game’s first tally with a blast from the point by Lars Eller at the 14:34 mark of the opening frame.

John Walton’s call:

Alex Ovechkin was laying the wood in the opening frame, with a number of big hits.

The first period would end with the Caps leading 1-0. The Caps outshot the Maple Leafs 13-3 for the opening stanza.

The Capitals would increase their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal by Kevin Shattenkirk at the 10:00 mark of the middle frame.

John Walton’s call:

The period would end with the Capitals leading 2-0. The Capitals outshot the Maple Leafs 13-10 for the second period, and led 26-13 in shots on goal after two periods of play.

Nate Schmidt would stretch the Capitals lead to 3-0 with a wicked wrister from the right point at 8:11 of the final frame.

John Walton’s call:

Tom Wilson would make it 4-0 late with a nice dangle at the 16:46 mark of the third period.

John Walton’s call:

The Maple Leafs would add one late from Mitch Marner to make the score 4-1 at the 18:52 mark of the final frame.

The Caps would hold on for the 4-1 win. John Walton with the call:

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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