The Washington Capitals lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at the Air Canada Center 3-2. With the loss and a Florida win, the Caps are now in last place in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Wizards are 29th out of 30. Not a good year for Ted Leonsis.
The Maple Leafs attempted 40 shots on goal compared to the Caps 22. Much of that had to do with the fact that the Leafs had 8 powerplays compared to the Caps 2. However despite the penalty discrepancy, each team only netted 1 goal on the PP thanks to the Caps PK and some great goaltending by Michal Neuvirth.
The Caps got on the board less than 2 minutes in with a goal by the team's leading goal scorer
Ovechkin notched a powerplay goal (I don't remember the last time he scored on even-strength) in the 2nd period off a pass by, you guessed it, Mike Ribiero. Ribz is the Caps assist leader with 7 already on the season.
When the Caps weren't on the PK they were knocking the Leafs backwards. But in the 3rd period the Maple Leafs went on a barrage, tying the game and then taking the lead in a matter of minutes.
The Caps made a final push in the final minutes (including Ovechkin running laps around the goal), but when an Ovi shot hit the post in the closing seconds, the Caps chances were up. Final score, Leafs 3, Caps 2.
Next up for the LAST PLACE Caps, the Flyers at home on Friday...