The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 2-2-1. The Capitals now have an extended break and will next be on the ice this Wednesday when they host the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 7:00 pm.
Chandler Stephenson would register the game’s first tally just 18 seconds into the contest and that would be it for the opening frame. The Leafs would tie the game early in the middle frame, but Evgeny Kuznetsov would regain the lead for the Capitals late in the second period with a filthy sharp-angle shot. The Leafs would tie it up just before the second intermission. In the third period, the Leafs would grab their first lead of the game with a goal from Josh Leivo, to make it 3-2. Auston Matthews would score his 10th of the season to make it 4-2, and that would be the final.
Braden Holtby (2-0-1, 2.98 GAA, .907 sv%) started between the pipes for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Frederik Andersen (3-1-0, 3.28 GAA, .893 sv%) started in goal for the Maple Leafs. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Madison Bowey and Nathan Walker were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.
The Capitals took just 18 seconds to light the lamp in this one. Chandler Stephenson would provide the finisher on the doorstep at 0:18. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin were credited with the assists.
The period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. Washington outshot Toronto 10-9 after 20 minutes of play. The Capitals won the battle at the dot, 67-33%.
The Leafs tied the game on a deflected shot early in the middle frame. Kasperi Kapanen deflected a shot from just inside the blueline by Ron Hainsey at 3:30.
But the Capitals would get it right back. Evgeny Kuznetsov would slam one home from the right side at a very sharp angle at 4:39, making it 2-1. The power play goal was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.
The Leafs would tie things up at 18:53 of the second period. Par Lindholm tie it with a back door tap-in.
The game was tied 2-2 after two periods. The Capitals outshot the Maple Leafs 9-5 for the middle frame, and led 19-14 after two periods of play.
The Leafs would grab their first lead of the night with a goal from Josh Leivo at 6:28 of the final frame.
Auston Matthews would score his 10th goal of the season to seal the deal at 18:21, and that would be the final.
- Leafs outshot the Caps 14-8 for the third period.
- Chandler Stephenson recorded the Capitals 22nd instance in franchise history of a player scoring 0:18 or less into a game.
- Capitals fall to 2-2-1, all games against last year’s playoff teams. Next 8 against teams that missed.
- With two points tonight, Evgeny Kuznetsov has collected 41 points in 29 GP dating back to the start of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- All four of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goals this season have been scored on Power-Plays.
- The franchise record is 0:08, set by Gaetan Duchesne (1987) and matched by Alexander Semin (2009).
- Both teams were 1 for 3 on the power play.
- The NHL box score is here.
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