Capitals Beat Leafs in OT 3-2, Tom Wilson Notches Game Winner

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The Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 (OT) in game one of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Game 2 is this Saturday at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:00 PM. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals.

Frederik Andersen got the start between the pipes for the Maple Leafs.

Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt, and Paul Carey were the healthy scratches for game one.

Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 358th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • Justin Williams’ first goal marked his 34th career postseason goal and sixth power-play goal. Williams would notch a second goal in the second period.
  • Tonight marks Justin Williams’ fourth career postseason multi-goal game.
  • After going down 2-0, the Capitals would score three unanswered goals for the win.
  • Tom WIlson is the first player in #Caps history to score his first career NHL postseason goal in overtime.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 35 of 37 shots to earn his 23rd career playoff win. Holtby ranks first in franchise history in postseason games played (47) and wins.
  • Dmitry Orlov led Washington in ice time (25:22)
  • Tonight marked the 25th overtime win in Capitals playoff history and the first since Washington’s 4-3 win on April 28, 2016 against Pittsburgh.

The Maple Leafs would strike first with a finish off a rebound by Mitch Marner at the 1:35 mark of the opening frame. The rebound bounced off the post and into center ice for a wide open goal.

The Maple Leafs would stretch their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Jake Gardiner at 9:44 of the opening frame. The goal was immediately waved off by the officials for goaltender interference, however the Leafs would challenge the call and win.

The Capitals would get on the board with a power play goal by Justin Williams at 12:24 of the first period.

John Walton with the call:

The period would end with the Maple Leafs leading 2-1. The Leafs outshot the Caps 15-12 for the opening period. The Leafs outhit the Caps 18-14 for the first period.

Justin Williams would notch his second goal of the game to tie the game 2-2 at the 16:00 mark of the middle frame.

John Walton’s call:

The period would end with the game tied 2-2. Shots on goal were also tied at 13-13 for the middle frame.

The third period would go scoreless, forcing overtime. The Capitals outshot the Maple Leafs 13-7 in the third period, and controlled a majority of play. The Caps led in shot attempts for the period 24-12.

The Capitals would win it in overtime on a snipe from Tom Wilson.

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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