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41-33-8
Washington
Capitals
29-41-12

30 SOG
33 SOG
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game recap

Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Washington Capitals 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:03
WSH
PPG - Bryan Muir (2) ASST: Mathieu Biron (3)
1 - 0 WSH
13:21
WSH
SHG - Matt Pettinger (1) ASST: Brendan Witt (1)
2 - 0 WSH
18:13
TOR
Bryan McCabe (4) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (7), Clarke Wilm (1)
2 - 1 WSH
19:30
TOR
Jeff O'Neill (6) ASST: Mats Sundin (2), Alexander Khavanov (2)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
01:31
WSH
Brian Willsie (2) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (1), Jakub Klepis (1)
3 - 2 WSH
12:27
TOR
PPG - Jeff O'Neill (7) ASST: Mats Sundin (3), Alexander Khavanov (3)
3 - 3 Tie
15:01
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (9) ASST: Jeff Halpern (5), Steve Eminger (8)
4 - 3 WSH
3rd Period
06:07
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (10) ASST: Bryan Muir (3), Jeff Halpern (6)
5 - 3 WSH
12:56
TOR
Kyle Wellwood (3) ASST: Darcy Tucker (6), Jason Allison (11)
5 - 4 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
00:14
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hooking
04:58
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Tripping against  Alex Ovechkin
07:12
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Hooking
09:37
TOR
Alexander Steen  Holding
12:06
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Hooking
2nd Period
06:58
TOR
Kyle Wellwood  Holding
10:28
WSH
Mathieu Biron  Holding against  Kyle Wellwood
11:40
TOR
Eric Lindros  Roughing against  Matt Pettinger
11:40
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing
11:40
WSH
Chris Clark  Roughing
11:40
WSH
Chris Clark  Slashing
11:40
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Roughing against  Eric Lindros
14:05
TOR
Jeff O'Neill  Hooking
18:40
WSH
Bryan Muir  Hooking against  Kyle Wellwood
3rd Period
00:31
TOR
Mats Sundin  Diving
00:31
WSH
Chris Clark  Holding against  Mats Sundin
04:23
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Tripping against  Brooks Laich
07:51
WSH
Ben Clymer  Hooking
09:25
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
13:36
TOR
Ken Klee  Hooking against  Matt Bradley
15:49
WSH
Jakub Klepis  Holding against  Eric Lindros
18:58
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking against  Brooks Laich
19:34
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Mats Sundin
20:00
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Slashing against  Chris Clark
20:00
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Fighting against  Chris Clark
20:00
WSH
Chris Clark  Slashing against  Darcy Tucker
20:00
WSH
Chris Clark  Fighting against  Darcy Tucker
goalie stats
Mikael Tellqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 33TOI: 59:30
Saves: 28EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 15
SV%: .848SH: 3 - 4
Olie Kolzig
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0