Capitals Game Goes South, North Of The Border, Fall To Maple Leafs, 7-3

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The Washington Capitals were shredded by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-3 Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The loss drops the Capitals record to 41-23-10 (92 points) on the season.

The Leafs opened the scoring with a quick strike early in the first frame and added a tally just past the midway point for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

The Capitals would get on the scoreboard with a tally from John Carlson early in the second period, but the Leafs would answer 11 seconds later and score three more goals to take a 6-1 lead before Tom Wilson notched the Capitals second tally late in the middle frame.

The Leafs would make it 7-2 early in the final frame before Nic Dowd recorded the Capitals third goal of the game, late in the third period.



Ilya Samsonov (22-9-0-4, 2.93 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the  visiting Capitals. Jack Campbell (27-9-0-5, 2.72 GAA, .912 sv%) got the start in goal for the Maple Leafs. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Dmitry Orlov (lower body), Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and Connor McMichael.


The Leafs opened the scoring with a goal from Michael Bunting (21) at 4:37 of the first period. Mitch Marner (60) and Auston Matthews (42) had the helpers.

The Leafs stretched their lead to 2-0 on a goal by William Nylander (29) at 13:45 of the first period. Pierre Engvall (16) and Jake Muzzin (11) had the assists.

The period would end with the Leafs leading 2-0. The Leafs led in shot attempts 20-4, scoring chances 11-1, high-danger chances 4-0 and expected goals .88 to .21.


The Capitals cut the Leafs lead to 2-1 on a beautiful rush by John Carlson (15) at 10:08 of the second period. The goal was unassisted.

But the Leafs reinstated their two-goal lead just 11 seconds later with a goal from Ilya Lyubushkin (1) at 10:19 of the second period. Morgan Reilly (x) and John Tavares (45) had the helpers.

18 seconds later the Leafs extended their lead to 4-1 on a goal from William Nylander (30), his second of the game, at 10:37 of the middle frame.

The Leafs would make it 5-1 later in the period on a goal from Ilya Mikheyev (16) at 14:44 of the middle frame. John Tavares and Auston Matthews had the assists.

The Leafs would add a sixth goal before the Capitals finally answered with a goal from Tom Wilson (24) at 19:07 of the second period.

The period would end with the Leafs leading 6-2. The Leafs led in shot attempts 14-7 in the second period and led 34-11 after two periods. The Leafs led in expected goals 1.52 to .29 after 40 minutes of play.


The Leafs made it 7-2 early in the final frame on Ilya Mikheyev‘s second goal of the game at 1:27 of the third.

Nic Dowd (9) would pot the Capitals third goal late in the final frame to make it 7-3.

That would be the final.


  • John Carlson cut the Maple Leafs lead to 2-1 with his 15th goal of the season. This is the second time in his career with 15 goals and 50 assists in a season, the first defenseman in franchise history to accomplish this feat twice.
  • Tom Wilson scores to cut Toronto’s lead to 6-2. That marks Wilson’s fourth straight game with a point (3g, 2a).


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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10 Responses to Capitals Game Goes South, North Of The Border, Fall To Maple Leafs, 7-3

  1. Anonymous says:

    We were doing so well….

  2. Anonymous says:

    We need to figure why we give up so many response goals and why they seem to occur so quickly. After Carlson goal at 2-1 we were clawing back into it. A man jute later the game was essentially over.

  3. novafyre says:

    The geriatric Caps were out hustled. The Leafs played the kind of fast break game that Jagr said he hates. The Caps did not have the speed (youth) on the ice to keep up with them or did not play the kind of stifling defense that Trotz loves. That to me is on the coaches. Either the wrong players were on the ice (no youth) or the wrong game plan was followed.

    Maybe Lavi and the Caps will win the Cup. Maybe I will be proven wrong. But Lavi and GMBM and their veterans game do not impress me.

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

  5. steven says:

    This road trip well tell a lot about this team and its future in the playoffs. Ok the got their clock cleaned by a yonger team that is faster and has way moree scorers. They should bounce back nicely against the Habs. The real tell will be the games out west aginst Colorado and Vegas and then Arizona before they head home to face Toronto again. to finish with 2 games against the NYI and one against the NYR is going to be tough but winnable if the Caps play like they should.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yet our younger and faster guys get traded, sent to Hershey or watch from the press box while our veterans give us this result.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Saw Hershey signed two kids from college for this and next season. Why Hershey signing instead of Caps? Not prospects or lack of contracts available?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I believe you nailed it. It’s semantics. The Capitals have room for just 4 more contracts. Now a couple are likely to go away this summer, but there are several players I expect they will sign soon.

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