Washington 3, Toronto 2

Friday, January 10, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 21-20-1-4 14-10-0-1 7-10-1-3 L4
Washington 22-16-2-4 14-8-2-0 8-8-0-4 W2

Recap


Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2: Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period as host Washington rallied to hand Toronto its fourth consecutive loss.

After Nicklas Backstrom drew the Capitals even at 4:36 of the third, Washington surged in front for good at 11:51 as Ward fired a one-timer from the slot past Jonathan Bernier. Captain Alex Ovechkin added his league-best 32nd goal while Michal Neuvirth stopped 32 shots as the Capitals won their second straight following a four-game skid.

James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel tallied for the Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 21-7 during their slide. Bernier made 32 saves in defeat.

Bernier had the highlight of the opening period, snagging defenseman Karl Alzner's slap shot from above the faceoff circles in the final minute of the session. He wasn't as fortunate early in the second, as Ovechkin's shot from the low slot beat the netminder high to the stick side.

Van Riemsdyk drew Toronto even on the power play near the midway point of the period, redirecting Kessel's shot from the left edge of the crease past Neuvirth. The Maple Leafs forged ahead in the opening minute of the third, as Kessel gathered van Riemsdyk's pass just inside the blue line and zipped a wrist shot over Neuvirth's left shoulder.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Ovechkin's goal was just his second in eight games. ... Toronto has one regulation win in its last 12 contests. ... The teams engaged in a pair of fights in the second period; Washington RW Thomas Wilson and Toronto RW Carter Ashton squared off at 14:58, with Capitals D John Erskine and Maple Leafs RW Colton Orr trading punches five seconds later.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   Washington
Phil Kessel 2 Points Alexander Ovechkin 2
Phil Kessel 1 Goals Alexander Ovechkin 1
Phil Kessel 1 Assists Alexander Ovechkin 1
James Van Riemsdyk 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Bernier .914 Save Percentage Michal Neuvirth .941
Jonathan Bernier 32 Saves Michal Neuvirth 32

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 34 2 1-3 4-4 20 39
Washington 35 3 0-4 2-3 18 34

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game at home against Buffalo. The Capitals have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .478 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play its next game at home against New Jersey. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .417 after a loss.