The Washington Capitals got themselves in trouble early against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, but unlike last time they corrected course before it was too late. A three-goal explosion in the second period gave them a lasting lead for a big home-ice win.
Kasperi Kapanen snagged a shorthanded goal in the first period, which Ilya Mikheyev compounded with an odd-man rush to make it 2-0 Leafs after just 11 minutes. Then the Caps turned it on. Jakub Vrana scorched a shot past Michael Hutchinson to get Washington on the scoreboard, and three more goals followed in the second period: Kuznetsov, Carlson, and Backstrom all piling on. John Tavares got a six-on-five goal with 150 seconds left in regulation to make it close, but the Caps held on.
Caps win 4-3!
Jonas Siegenthaler and Richard Panik both leave the ice after colliding into each other in the defensive zone pic.twitter.com/5Tm39GZHdy
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 17, 2019
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 16, 2019
So Ilya Samsonov had a shaky opening but earned a W in his first start at Capital One Arena. I have a feeling there will be many more to come.
Overall, the Caps narrowly outplayed the Leafs. It would have been a bigger margin had they not lost Panik and Siegenthaler after two periods. Aside from the standings points, the status of those two players may have the longest impact on the team. 🤞
Headline photo: Scott Taetsch
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