Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 21/2/2019 – Game Recap

Washington (33-20-7 73 points) v, Toronto Maple Leafs (36-19-4 76 points)

Lineups:

Toronto:

Patrick Marleau  – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Connor Brown – William Nylander – Andreas Johnsson

Tyler Ennis – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: Justin Holl

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson —Nic Dowd –  Travis Boyd

 

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

 

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

 

Scratched: None

Injured: None

Gameday:

First Period:

No Scoring

End of 1st – WSH–0        TOR – 0

Shots              8                    12

Faceoffs     3/13              9/13

Hits               13                   3

PP                 0/0                   0/0

 

Analysis

Both teams came out with a lot of jump to their games and the pace picked up fast. Scoring chance back and forth on both ends. Starting up to be a goalie duel tonight as both goalies made some insane saves.

 

Need to Do:

Toronto: Get to the dirty areas, screen Holtby and get shots on net

Washington: Continue to get on the forecheck of the Leafs defence. Cause turnovers.

Second Period:

Toronto Penalty – 3:38 –Morgan Rielly, 2 mins for Holding

Washington PP Goal – 3:54 – Alex Ovechkin (43) assisted by John Carlson (46) and TJ Oshie (19)

Toronto Penalty – 5:51 –Nikita Zaitsev, 2 mins for Interference

Washington Penalty – 9:53 –Michal Kempny, 2 mins for Tripping

Washington Goal – 12:07 – Brett Connolly (15) assisted by Lars Eller (18) and Tom Wilson (14)

Toronto Penalty – 19:25 –Connor Brown, 2 mins for Hooking

Washington Penalty – 19:25 –Andre Burakovsky, 2 mins for Cross Checking

 

End of 2nd – WSH– 2          TOR – 0

Shots              21                    21

Faceoffs       11/33              23/33

Hits              24                      12

PP                 1/2                   0/1

 

Analysis:

Both teams exchanged chances all period until a Morgan Rielly penalty let Alex Ovechkin on the board on the powerplay. The Leafs had a chance to tie on a powerplay of their own but didn’t take advantage and the Capitals Brett Connolly made it 2-0 after the kill.

 

Need to Do:

Toronto: Better defensively and attack with a purpose. Win the little battles.

Washington: Shut it down in the 3rd. Don’t give the Leafs an inch

Third Period:

Toronto Goal– 04:23 – Andreas Johnsson (16) assisted by, Auston Matthews (27)

Washington Penalty – 05:48 – John Carlson, 2 minutes for Hooking

Washington SH Goal– 06:46 – Tom Wilson (16) assisted by Lars Eller (19)

Toronto Penalty – 07:52 – Jake Muzzin, 2 minutes for Slashing

Toronto Goal– 19:27 – John Tavares (34) assisted by, Morgan Rielly (43)

 

End of 3rd – WSH – 3        TOR – 2

Shots             28                   42

Faceoffs     17/53                36/53

Hits               35                       17

PP                1/3                   0/2

 

Analysis:

Leafs dominate the 3rd period in an effort to make a comeback outshooting the Capitals 20-7. Leafs score twice in the 3rd but give up a Tom Wilson shorthanded marker. Capitals played a better full game. Deserved to win.

Next Up:

Washington (34-20-7 75pts) vs Buffalo (28-24-7 63pts)

Montreal (32-21-7 71pts) at Toronto (36-20-4 76pts)

 

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