Capitals Beat Maple Leafs, 4-3 (OT); John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin Each Net Two Goals

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The Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-3 in overtime at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night to finish off a 4-0-1 season-long road trip. The win expanded the Capitals’ lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for first place in the Metropolitan Division by for points, though the Hurricanes now have a game in hand on the Capitals. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 27 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines at Maple Leafs

The Capitals made no line changes from their 6-5 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday other than the goalie.

First Period

Forward Andreas Johnsson picked the puck up at the left circle after getting it from center Auston Matthews off of a Capitals’ turnover from below their goal line to make it 1-0 Toronto 40 seconds in.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov flew into the boards face first after Maple Leafs center Alex Kerfoot dodged a hit along the wall the next shift and left the game but returned moments later.

Defenseman John Carlson blasted one to the top left corner from the right circle after captain Alex Ovechkin found him wide open from the other side for his sixth of the season to tie the game for the Capitals at 11:12. The goal gave him his 22nd point in October, the second-most by the defenseman in NHL history.

Center Nic Dowd left the game with 5:05 left after getting boarded by Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl in the right corner of the offensive zone and did not return due to a lower-body injury.

The Capitals led 8-7 in shots, 7-6 in hits, 6-1 in blocked shots, and had only two giveaways while Toronto had five in the first.

The Maple Leafs won 65% of the draws in the opening period.

Each team went 0-for-2 on the power-play and was credited with two takeaways in the first stanza.

Second Period

Carlson blasted another one from the point past the blocker of Andersen off of the face off to make it 2-1 Capitals on the power-play 7:59 into the second.

Matthews tipped in defenseman Tyson Barrie’s shot past Holtby’s blocker right in front to tie the game for the Maple Leafs with 32.9 seconds left.

The Capitals led 11-4 in blocked shots and had two giveaways while the Maple Leafs had six through two. They went 1-for-4 on the power-play in the first two periods.

The Maple Leafs led 17-15 in shots, including 10-8 in the second, and won 62% of the draws in the opening 40 minutes. They failed to convert on six power-play opportunities in the first two periods.

Each team recorded five takeaways and 11 hits through two.

Third Period

Matthews put a dart to the top right corner from the left circle after getting a pass from forward William Nylander from near the goal 1:46 into the period to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 lead on the power-play.

Forward T.J. Oshie drove to the cage on an end-to-end rush, toe-dragged around defenseman Morgan Reilly on the way, and fed Ovechkin, who finished it at the doorstep to tie it, in front while falling 2:24 later.

The Capitals led 18-13 in hits, 12-7 in blocked shots, and had six giveaways while the Maple Leafs had seven. They went 1-for-5 on the power-play.

The Maple Leafs led 30-27 in shots, including 14-12 in the third, 7-5 in takeaways, and won 61% of the draws. They converted on one of eight power-play opportunities.

The game would go to overtime for the third consecutive game for the Capitals.

Overtime

Ovechkin bombed one from the office on the power-play after getting a pass from defenseman Dmitry Orlov at the point to win it 4:10 into overtime.

The Capitals led 6-0 in overtime shots and 34-30 for the game.

With the win, the Capitals tied a franchise record with their ninth win in October and set one with their 21st point of the month.

The Capitals come home to host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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