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Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 3
Washington Capitals 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) - Darcy Tucker was not happy that the Washington Capitals were laughing at his Toronto Maple Leafs.

Matt Pettinger scored twice and the Capitals ended a four-game losing streak by beating the struggling Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin, Brian Willsie and Ben Clymer also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 3-1 against Toronto. Ovechkin has 37 goals.

"It's disappointing because you sit there at the end of the game and the other team is looking over at you and laughing," Tucker said. "It's not a fun thing, that's for sure."

Ovechkin said they were just "smiling and having fun in Toronto."

Tucker, Nik Antropov and Chad Kilger scored for the Maple Leafs, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in coach Pat Quinn's seven-year tenure. Toronto fans loudly booed the Maple Leafs as the final buzzer sounded on their third straight loss. The Leafs are three points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Maybe we aren't as good as we think we are because we haven't done well against the teams below us," Quinn said.

Ed Belfour allowed five goals on 27 shots, including two weak goals in the first minutes of the game. Fans jeered the 40-year-old after he made a couple of easy saves after that.

"We got off to a bad start," Belfour said.

After Belfour failed to collect a rebound, Willsie put it past him just 37 seconds into the game. Pettinger scored his first on a wrist shot that beat Belfour blocker side at 4:47.

Toronto failed to register a shot in the first 5 minutes and Washington had a couple of chances to run up the score early, but Antropov got momentum on Toronto's side with a one-timer after a pass from Tucker.

Tucker tied it with a one-timer on the power play just over 2 minutes later.

But Ovechkin gave Washington the lead for good after Belfour failed to stop the puck from going past his net. It ended up in front of the net and deflected off Ovechkin's leg and in just 19 seconds into the second.

"It was a funny goal," Ovechkin said.

Pettinger made it 5-2 at 19:14 of the second by scoring a short-handed goal after blocking Bryan McCabe's shot and getting loose on a breakaway.

"I thought we beat ourselves," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "We have a lot to work to do, that's for sure."

Kilger cut it to 5-3 with a slapshot at 7:54 of third.

Notes: New Raptor general manager Bryan Colangelo received a cheer when he was shown on the videoboard. The team introduced him earlier in the day. ... Ovechkin has five goals and six points in four games against the Maple Leafs, including two-goal performances in back-to-back games in November. ... Sundin partied in Sweden with the rest of his Olympic teammates at a gold-medal celebration in Stockholm on Monday. Sundin returned in time for the game and assisted on Tucker's goal. ... Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig robbed Tucker of a goal with a glove save in the second.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:37
WSH
Brian Willsie (12) ASST: Nolan Yonkman (4), Jeff Halpern (23)
1 - 0 WSH
04:46
WSH
PPG - Matt Pettinger (13) ASST: Jeff Friesen (3)
2 - 0 WSH
15:47
TOR
Nik Antropov (7) ASST: Darcy Tucker (15), Jason Allison (39)
2 - 1 WSH
18:00
TOR
PPG - Darcy Tucker (24) ASST: Mats Sundin (31), Bryan McCabe (36)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
00:19
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (37) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 WSH
17:12
WSH
Ben Clymer (11) ASST: Matt Bradley (9)
4 - 2 WSH
19:14
WSH
SHG - Matt Pettinger (14) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
07:54
TOR
Chad Kilger (13) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (23)
5 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
03:08
TOR
Aki Berg  Hooking against  Ben Clymer
06:04
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Hooking against  Tie Domi
12:07
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Chad Kilger
17:50
WSH
Brendan Witt  Hooking against  Chad Kilger
19:05
TOR
Tie Domi  Interference against  Jamie Heward
2nd Period
01:05
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Matt Bradley
02:10
WSH
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Chad Kilger
03:29
WSH
Jamie Heward  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
09:43
WSH
Ben Clymer  Tripping against  Alexander Khavanov
13:25
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Tripping against  Tie Domi
14:30
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Bryan McCabe
14:30
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Diving against  Jeff Halpern
18:33
WSH
Mike Green  Hooking against  Mats Sundin
20:00
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
01:20
TOR
Ken Klee  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
08:24
TOR
Jeff O'Neill  Interference against  Mike Green
08:57
WSH
Bryan Muir  Tripping against  Alexander Steen
15:05
TOR
Chad Kilger  Tripping against  Shaone Morrisonn
17:17
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hooking against  Matt Bradley
18:45
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking against  Shaone Morrisonn
19:15
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Slashing against  Matt Bradley
19:58
TOR
Jason Allison  Cross checking against  Brian Sutherby
19:58
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Roughing against  Jason Allison
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .815SH: 4 - 5