Washington at Toronto

Ovechkin stays hot in Washington's blowout of Toronto


TORONTO -- To Alexander Ovechkin it was just another chance to score against the Toronto Maple Leafs. For five other Washington Capitals it was a night to finally score.

Ovechkin scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season Monday night and five Washington players got their first in the Capitals' 7-1 victory over Toronto.

Brian Sutherby, Matt Bradley, Jeff Schultz, Matt Pettinger and Boyd Gordon all scored their first goals of the season for the Capitals while center Michael Nylander had three assists.

"We played very well tonight, all four lines played well, everybody scored and our goalie played well," said Ovechkin, who has nine goals in as many career games against the Maple Leafs. "I think we deserved tonight's win."

Olaf Kolzig stopped 32 shots for Washington.

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed an NHL-high 51 goals this season. They continued their poor play at home where they have won only three times in nine games (3-4-2). This was their second 7-1 loss at home, also getting routed by Carolina on Oct. 9.

"Just collectively, for some reason, we're very fragile at home," Leafs captain Mats Sundin said following the latest loss at Air Canada Centre.

"How do I explain it? I can't," Sundin said. "Just too many breakdowns all over the ice. ... We did a lot of good things on the road but it seems we're tight at home, we try to do too much."

Andrew Raycroft replaced starting goalie Vesa Toskala after Washington's fourth goal.

Gordon, standing alone in front of the net, re-directed a pass from Bradley to make it 1-0 at 3:19. Ponikarvosky tied it 31 seconds later, only to see Pettinger give the Caps the lead for good at 5:26 when he flipped a rebound over Toskala on a power play.

Ovechkin made it 3-1 at 11:57 and Schultz skated into the slot untouched two minutes later for the goal that chased Toskala.

Bradley beat Raycroft with a slap shot while short-handed 8:57 into the second period to make it 5-1. Ovechkin made it 6-1 at 11:09 on the power play.

Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice criticized his players for trying to make too many difficult plays when the simpler ones were there instead.

"Clearly there's still difficulty in accepting to play a simple game," Maurice said. "We just continued to try and make plays that weren't there."

Sundin was succinct.

"If we're going to be a playoff team we need to win at home," he said.


  • Caps captain Chris Clark sustained a severely lacerated left ear when he was struck by a shot by Ovechkin last Friday night. Star LW Alexander Semin is day to day after aggravating his sprained right ankle against St. Louis on Saturday. D Tom Poti (groin) was also out.
  • F Kyle Wellwood (groin), C Darcy Tucker (knee), D Carlo Colaiacovo (knee) and D Bryan McCabe (groin) were out for the Maple Leafs.
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Alexander Ovechkin's goal total is up to eight for the season after Washington's victory at Toronto. (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin's goal total is up to eight for the season after Washington's victory at Toronto. (AP)
Washington  (5-6-0) «4217
Toronto (5-5-3)1001
Three Stars
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Nylander

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
V. Kozlov

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
03:19Boyd Gordon (1), Tip-In. Assist: Matt Bradley
03:50Alexei Ponikarovsky (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Mats Sundin, Jason Blake
05:26Power Play - Matt Pettinger (1), Tip-In. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Michael Nylander
11:57Alex Ovechkin (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Boyd Gordon
13:56Jeff Schultz (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Michael Nylander, Matt Pettinger
08:57Short - Matt Bradley (1), Slap Shot. Assist: John Erskine
11:09Power Play - Alex Ovechkin (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Brian Pothier, Michael Nylander
06:17Brian Sutherby (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Matt Bradley, Tomas Fleischmann
Penalty Summary
04:14Kubina, 2 min, Tripping
05:45Steckel, 2 min, High-Sticking
07:06Sundin, 2 min, Tripping
07:06Bradley, 2 min, Delay of Game
15:44Ponikarovsky, 2 min, Tripping
19:49Pothier, 2 min, Tripping
04:00Pothier, 2 min, Holding
07:42Laich, 2 min, Holding
09:25Steen, 2 min, Tripping
13:34Antropov, 2 min, Tripping
07:24Steckel, 2 min, Interference
13:17Wozniewski, 2 min, Hooking
Olaf Kolzig60:00321
Andrew Raycroft46:04143
Vesa Toskala13:5694
Game Information
Attendance - 19316
Referees - Tom Kowal, Bill McCreary
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Pierre Champoux
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SJ 4 Final
Dal 2
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