Game Recap – 10/16/2019 – Toronto Maple Leafs v. Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-1 9pts) v. Washington Capitals (3-2-2 8pts)


Game Recap:

Coming off a bad outing against Colorado the other day for their holiday matinee, the Washington Capitals look to turn things around as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. To start the game the Capitals would get an early powerplay when Morgan Reilly would trip Brendan Leipsic, but after several failed entry attempts it would be the Maple Leafs striking while shorthanded as Trevor Moore would feed Kasperi Kapanen to give the Leafs the early 1-0 lead. The Capitals would get a couple good chances, but the Leafs would strike again as Ilya Mikheyev would break past the defense and beat Ilya Samsonov to make it 2-0 for the Maple Leafs. After both teams traded chances, in the final 61 seconds John Carlson would draw in the Leafs and hit a beautiful seam pass to Jakub Vrana who would one time the puck past Michael Hutchison to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.


In the second period the Capitals would build off of their late first period goal as they would score three goals in 78 seconds as Evgeny Kuznetsov would get Hutchinson out of position to slide the puck of the goal line, then Nicklas Backstrom would rip a one timer past Hutchinson to give the Capitals the 3-2 lead, and then while on a two man advantage John Carlson would blast a bullet from the point to give the Capitals the 4-2 lead. After the Capitals three goal explosion the game would go back and forth with some chances at both ends, but the Capitals would hold the Leafs off the board during the second period to keep their 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.


Entering the third period the Capitals would be short a forward and a defenseman as both Richard Panik and Jonas Siegenthaler would be pulled from the game due to upper body the period went on both teams would trade powerplay opportunities, but neither would capitalize on their respective opportunities. Then, with the goalie pulled, the Maple Leafs would get back on the board as John Tavares would rip one past Ilya Samsonov, but the LEafs could not get one more as the Capitals win 4-3.



Toronto Maple Leafs:

Kasperi Kapanen — John Tavares — Mitchell Marner

Andreas Johnsson — Auston Matthews — William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev — Alexander Kerfoot — Trevor Moore

Dmytro Timashov — Nicholas Shore — Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly — Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin — Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin — Justin Holl

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Nic Petan, Jason Spezza, Kevin Gravel

Injured: Zach Hyman (knee), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic — Chandler Stephenson — Richard Panik

Jonas Siegenthaler — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Radko Gudas

Nick Jensen — Tyler Lewington

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Nic Dowd

Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)


First Period:

TOR Penalty – 2:52 – Morgan Reilly 2 minutes for Tripping

TOR SHG – 4:37 – Kasperi Kapanen (1) from Trevor Moore (2)

TOR Goal – 10:58 – Ilya Mikheyev (3) from Kasperi Kapanen (3) and Justin Holl (2)

WAS Goal – 18:59 – Jakub Vrana (3) from John Carlson (10) and Garnet Hathaway (3)


End of 1st

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Second Period:

TOR Penalty – 1:13 – Morgan Reilly 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Goal – 5:07 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) from John Carlson (11) and Carl Hagelin (1)

WAS Goal – 5:18 – Nicklas Backstrom (2) from TJ Oshie (2) and Nick Jensen (2)

TOR Penalty – 5:36 – Nick Shore 2 minutes for Interference

TOR Penalty – 5:45 – Cody Ceci 2 minutes for Delay of Game

WAS PPG – 6:25 – John Carlson (3) from Alexander Ovechkin (3) and Nicklas Backstrom (5)


End of 2nd

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Third Period:

TOR Penalty – 10:10 – Auston Matthews 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS Penalty – 13:04 – Carl Hagelin 2 minutes for Hooking

TOR Goal – 17:27 – John Tavares (3) from Jake Muzzin (3)


End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (4-2-2 10pts) v. NY Rangers (2-1-0 4pts)

Toronto (4-3-1 9pts) v. Boston (5-1-0 10pts)


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