10/13/2018 – Toronto Maple Leafs v. Washington Capitals


Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-0 8pts) v. Washington Capitals (2-1-1 5pts)



Toronto Maple Leafs:

Patrick Marleau — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen

Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitchell Marner

Par Lindholm — Nazem Kadri — Connor Brown

Josh Leivo — Frederik Gauthier — Andreas Johnsson

Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott — Igor Ozhiganov

Frederik Andersen

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Justin Holl, Martin Marincin, Tyler Ennis

Injured: None


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Chandler Stephenson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Nathan Walker, Jayson Megna

Injured: Travis Boyd (lower body)

Suspended: Tom Wilson


First Period:

Capitals Goal – :18 – Chandler Stephenson (1) from Evegeny Kuznetsov (5) and Alex Ovechkin (2)

Capitals Penalty – :40 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Hooking

Maple Leafs – 5:56 – Travis Dermott 2 minutes for Interference


End of 1st – TOR – 0       WAS – 1

Shots              9                   10

Faceoffs         7                  12

Hits               4                    12

PP                 0/1                 0/1



Capitals (Michael):

The Capitals got a good start by getting a quick goal 18 seconds into the game. Plus the Capitals are doing a good job of playing the body and making it difficult on the Maple Leafs. However, they are leaving the slot open, and the Maple Leafs are taking advantage of that, but Braden Holtby has been on top of his game.


Toronto (Steve):

The Maple Leafs played a lot of this period in the Caps zone. Played a pretty decent defensive game and a solid puck possession game. There was not much to hate about this period. Other than 18 seconds into the period a defensive lapse led to a very easy tap in.


Need to Do:

Capitals (Michael):

The Capitals need to play better in their own zone and protect the crease area better. They allowed the Maple Leafs one too many golden chances to tie this game and they need to play tighter. The Capitals also need to break through Toronto’s neutral zone trap and generate some more chances in the offensive zone.


Toronto (Steve):

The Maple Leafs need to continue to play their game. They hit a post and Holtby robbed Kasperi Kapanen point blank as well as Zach Hyman and John Tavares. This game could easily be 2-1 Toronto, stick to the game plan.


Second Period:

Maple Leafs Goal – 3:30 – Kasperi Kapanen (2) from Ron Hainsey (2) and Auston Matthews (4)

Maple Leafs Penalty – 4:17 – John Tavares 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 4:39 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (4) from Nicklas Backstrom (6) and Alex Ovechkin (3)

Capitals Penalty – 8:22 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Slashing

Maple Leafs Goal – 18:53 – Par Lindholm (1) from Jake Gardiner (3) and Connor Brown (1)


End of 2nd – TOR – 2        WAS – 2

Shots               14                  19

Faceoffs          16                 19

Hits                 10                  19

PP                   0/2                  1/2



Capitals (Michael):

This was a very good period for the Capitals. They tightened up defensively and capitalized on their lone powerplay of the period. However, they did give up two goals this period, and gave up the second one late in the period which let’s Toronto back into the game.


Toronto (Steve):

The Maple Leafs took a step back this period. Too many giveaways against a dangerous team like Washington. Toronto was trying to be too pretty. Washington came out to push the tempo and did exactly that. Yet the score remains 2-2.


Need to Do:

Capitals (Michael):

The Capitals need to stick to the script. They tightened up defensively and caused the Maple Leafs to cough up the puck several times, but a defensive lapse late in the period allowed the Leafs to tie the game at 2.


Toronto (Steve):

Puck possession is the game plan and the Leafs had zero of it in that period. They need to attack the defence don’t let them carry the puck out of the zone. Be aggressive. Cycle. Don’t be fancy.


Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 5:47 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for High Sticking

Maple Leafs PPG – 6:28 – Josh Leivo (1) from Andreas Johnsson (1) and Jake Gardiner (4)

Maple Leafs Penalty – 7:44 – Nikita Zaitsev 2 minutes for Holding

Maple Leafs Goal – 18:21 – Auston Matthews (10) from Kasperi Kapanen (4) and Morgan Reilly (10)


End of 3rd – TOR – 4         WAS – 2

Shots              28                   27

Faceoffs        23                    26

Hits               14                     28

PP                 1/3                    1/3



Capitals (Michael):

After two strong periods for the Capitals, they laid a dud in the third. For the first 15 minutes of the third period the Maple Leafs dominated the Capitals. However, after the Leafs took the lead for the first time tonight, that was when the Capitals started forcing the play. Too little too late though as Auston Matthews would net his 10th of the season to secure the 4-2 win for the Leafs. Capitals need to play a full 60 minutes to guarantee a win in this League, and the Capitals did not do that tonight.


Toronto (Steve):

The Leafs once again came out flying throwing 13 shots at  Braden Holtby and containing Alex Ovechkin, who was clearly frustrated. The depth of the leafs came through tonight with Kasperi Kapanen , Par Lindholm and Josh Leivo and of course Matthews puts the icing on the cake. Frederik Andersen was shaky the first 2 periods but came up big in the 3rd. The defence looked solid tonight and its beginning to round in to form. Igor Ozhiganov looks like he’s is hard to take the 6th defender spot hard and looked fantastic tonight.


Next Up:

Washington (2-2-1 5pts) v. New York Rangers (1-4-0 2pts)

Toronto (5-1-0 10pts) v. Los Angeles (2-2-1 5pts)


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