Washington
Capitals
29-41-12
Toronto
Maple Leafs
41-33-8

30 SOG
34 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
TOR
game recap

Maple Leafs 6, Capitals 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:22 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) - Alexander Ovechkin scored twice again, and Toronto trailed by two again. This time, the Maple Leafs worked their way out of the hole.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan McCabe, Mats Sundin and Carlo Colaiacovo scored in the third period and the Maple Leafs rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night. Chad Kilger and Jeff O'Neill added goals for the Maple Leafs.

Ovechkin duplicated his performance Sunday when he scored twice in Washington's 5-4 victory over Toronto.

Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 NHL draft, leads all rookies with 12 goals. The 20-year-old Russian has five two-goal games in the first 15 games of his career.

"It's healthy for the league, having these young, exciting players coming in," Sundin said. "As long as you are the winning side, like we are tonight, I don't mind him scoring a couple of goals."

The Maple Leafs fell behind 2-0 to the Washington for the second straight game. But Toronto didn't falter after tying it this time, scoring three straight in less than three minutes in the third.

"We worked a lot harder tonight. The other night, we just plain and simple got outworked and that shouldn't happen," McCabe said. "We were pretty unlucky to be down 2-0 after one. We stuck to the program, and it worked out."

Ponikarovsky pushed off a defender and put a shot past goalie Olie Kolzig at 5:35 goal of the third. McCabe scored on slap shot from the point on the power play at 6:57, and Sundin skated around the net and put a wraparound shot past Kolzig at 7:36.

Brent Johnson replaced Kolzig in goal after Sundin's goal, but didn't fare much better.

After Ovechkin got some momentum back by scoring on the power play at 9:16 of the third, Johnson allowed Colaiacovo's shot from the point to tip off his blocker and past him, giving Toronto a 6-3 lead with 5:57 left. It was Colaiacovo's first NHL goal.

"We came here to win, the first period we played well, but Toronto won the third," Ovechkin said.

Ben Clymer put a weak wrist shot between Toronto goalie Ed Belfour's legs, giving Washington a 1-0 lead at 10:37 of the first.

Ovechkin scored his 11th goal of the season by coming off the boards and putting a wrist shot past Belfour at 15:18 of the first.

"These kids step on the stage right off the bat and they are something," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said of a rookie class that also includes Sidney Crosby.

Notes: Matt Pettinger also scored for Washington. ... Kolzig allowed five goals on 32 shots. ... Sundin scored his second goal since returning from a broken orbital bone near his left eye.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:37
WSH
Ben Clymer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Bradley (1), Brian Sutherby (2)
1 - 0 WSH
15:18
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Dainius Zubrus (5)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
08:39
TOR
Chad Kilger (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (14), Tie Domi (3)
2 - 1 WSH
10:44
TOR
PPG - Jeff O'Neill (8) Snap shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (15), Tomas Kaberle (9)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
05:35
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Sundin (4), Jeff O'Neill (7)
3 - 2 TOR
06:57
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (5) Slapshot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (7), Eric Lindros (6)
4 - 2 TOR
07:26
TOR
Mats Sundin (2) Wrap-around - ASST: Jeff O'Neill (8), Alexander Steen (6)
5 - 2 TOR
09:16
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (12) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Muir (4), Brian Willsie (4)
5 - 3 TOR
14:03
TOR
Carlo Colaiacovo (1) Slapshot - ASST: Kyle Wellwood (8), Jason Allison (12)
6 - 3 TOR
15:24
WSH
Matt Pettinger (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (7), Chris Clark (2)
6 - 4 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
08:06
WSH
Bryan Muir  Hooking
12:31
WSH
Steve Eminger  Slashing
13:34
WSH
Jamie Heward  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:34
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Hooking
16:56
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Hooking
17:02
TOR
Jeff O'Neill  Hooking
18:45
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Holding
2nd Period
01:18
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Holding against  Nik Antropov
09:35
TOR
Nik Antropov  Holding the stick against  Brian Willsie
10:11
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Tripping against  Matt Stajan
10:32
WSH
Brendan Witt  Interference against  Carlo Colaiacovo
15:29
WSH
Jakub Klepis  Hooking
18:27
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Hooking against  Mats Sundin
19:06
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brendan Witt
19:06
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
3rd Period
02:13
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Holding the stick against  Jason Allison
02:13
TOR
Jason Allison  Hooking against  Shaone Morrisonn
05:47
WSH
Bryan Muir  Hooking against  Tie Domi
08:40
TOR
Eric Lindros  Tripping against  Mike Green
08:40
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hooking against  Brian Sutherby
18:22
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding against  Jeff Halpern
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 2TOI: 10:49
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 32TOI: 47:26
Saves: 27EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .867SH: 2 - 2