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!