|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|WSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alexander Ovechkin reached an early milestone Sunday with a two-goal performance. What made it even better was it came in a Washington Capitals victory.
Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 NHL draft, scored the 10th goal of his young career, both on power plays, to lead the Capitals to a 5-4 win Sunday over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ovechkin leads all rookies in goals scored, and he has 15 points in 14 games this season. It was his fourth two-goal game of the season.
``When I have a chance to shoot, I like to shoot it,'' Ovechkin said. ``I love scoring goals. But I'm trying to help the team win games. If we win and I score, I'm really happy.''
Matt Pettinger had a short-handed goal in the first period. Bryan Muir finished with a goal and an assist, and Brian Willsie scored his first goal in 11 games for the Capitals (6-8), who won their second straight game.
The Capitals scored four of their five goals on special teams, including three on power plays. In the previous nine games, Washington just one power-play goal.
Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said he hoped the team could build momentum off the success.
``A huge part of this game is mental both as individuals and as a group,'' Hanlon said. ``The confidence that players seem to get by scoring goals is certainly no secret.''
Jeff O'Neill scored twice and Kyle Wellwood had a goal and an assist for Toronto (7-6-2), which lost its third straight road game. Mats Sundin and Alexander Khavanov each added two assists.
``It's a pretty unhappy outcome, and pretty dissatisfying,'' coach Pat Quinn said. ``The fact is, we didn't work hard enough tonight to get any kind of result. ... When you don't execute, you pay a price, and we did.''
The Maple Leafs tied the game twice, but never led.
``I'm not sure if it was us that had that bad of a game, but we were on our heels the whole game,'' Sundin said. ``They were the better team, there's no doubt about it.''
The teams meet again Tuesday in Toronto.
Ovechkin's power-play goal with 4:59 left in the second period gave the Capitals the lead for good. He scored again during a third-period power play when his shot ricocheted off a defender's stick and into the net.
Olaf Kolzig had 25 saves for the Capitals. Toronto's Mikael Tellqvist, making his fourth appearance of the season, made 28 saves.
Notes: Muir snapped a three-year scoring drought on Friday. ... Capitals C Petr Sykora missed his third consecutive game because of back spasms. ... Capitals rookie C Jakub Klepis notched his first career assist on Willsie's second-period goal. Klepis had his first career goal Friday against Atlanta. ... After the final buzzer, Toronto's Darcy Tucker and Washington's Chris Clark fought. Tucker was also called for slashing. ... The Maple Leafs traded RW Nathan Perrott to Dallas for a conditional pick in the 2006 draft.
|PPG - Bryan Muir (2) ASST: Mathieu Biron (3)|
1 - 0 WSH
|SHG - Matt Pettinger (1) ASST: Brendan Witt (1)|
2 - 0 WSH
|Bryan McCabe (4) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (7), Clarke Wilm (1)|
2 - 1 WSH
|Jeff O'Neill (6) ASST: Mats Sundin (2), Alexander Khavanov (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Brian Willsie (2) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (1), Jakub Klepis (1)|
3 - 2 WSH
|PPG - Jeff O'Neill (7) ASST: Mats Sundin (3), Alexander Khavanov (3)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Alex Ovechkin (9) ASST: Jeff Halpern (5), Steve Eminger (8)|
4 - 3 WSH
|PPG - Alex Ovechkin (10) ASST: Bryan Muir (3), Jeff Halpern (6)|
5 - 3 WSH
|Kyle Wellwood (3) ASST: Darcy Tucker (6), Jason Allison (11)|
5 - 4 WSH
|Chad Kilger Hooking|
|Bryan McCabe Tripping against Alex Ovechkin|
|Jeff Halpern Hooking|
|Alexander Steen Holding|
|Brian Sutherby Hooking|
|Kyle Wellwood Holding|
|Mathieu Biron Holding against Kyle Wellwood|
|Eric Lindros Roughing against Matt Pettinger|
|Bryan McCabe Roughing|
|Chris Clark Roughing|
|Chris Clark Slashing|
|Matt Pettinger Roughing against Eric Lindros|
|Jeff O'Neill Hooking|
|Bryan Muir Hooking against Kyle Wellwood|
|Mats Sundin Diving|
|Chris Clark Holding against Mats Sundin|
|Alexander Khavanov Tripping against Brooks Laich|
|Ben Clymer Hooking|
|Bryan McCabe Hooking against Alex Ovechkin|
|Ken Klee Hooking against Matt Bradley|
|Jakub Klepis Holding against Eric Lindros|
|Alexander Khavanov Hooking against Brooks Laich|
|Jeff Halpern Tripping against Mats Sundin|
|Darcy Tucker Slashing against Chris Clark|
|Darcy Tucker Fighting (maj) against Chris Clark|
|Chris Clark Slashing against Darcy Tucker|
|Chris Clark Fighting (maj) against Darcy Tucker|
|SA: 33||TOI: 59:30|
|Saves: 28||EV: 13 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 12 - 15|
|SV%: .848||SH: 3 - 4|
|SA: 30||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 26||EV: 18 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 9|
|SV%: .867||SH: 0 - 0|