When it rains it pours as Capitals fall 4-1 to Maple Leafs

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals scored only one goal last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thankfully it came from Alex Ovechkin. But other than that the night was all Toronto.

There were some close calls. There was what looked like a power play goal from Nicklas Backstrom but due to Ovechkin crashing into the goalie it was wiped out for goaltender interference. He took crashing the net a little too hard.

But it didn’t stop Ovechkin from continuing to crash the net and shoot the puck. He drew a hooking penalty and got a penalty shot but got stopped. The night finished with Ovechkin finishing with 14 shots. That is just three less shots than the Maple Leafs as a team had the entire game.

Caps outshot the Leafs 17-5 in the first period, 12-9 in the second period, 8-3 in the third period and 37-17 overall. The problem was just one of those shots happened to go in.

Morgan Rielly got things going for the visitors 12:53 in the first with a power play goal. John Tavares struck at 5:41, William Nylander added one at 6:29 and Auston Matthews made it a safe margin at 15:07. That all came from the second period.

Oh yeah and there’s Ovi. His goal came at 19:49 and it was a power play goal as he crashed the net and put it in. John Carlson and Tom Wilson had the assists.

It was the Caps first power play goal of the season and it was the 300th power play goal of Ovechkin’s career. It was the 823rd goal of Ovechkin’s career, reigniting the countdown to Wayne Gretzky. He’s 71 away from tying him.

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After every NHL team got to play last night with each game starting 15 minutes apart as part of the Frozen Frenzy, there’s only one NHL game tonight and it involves the Caps. 7:30 at the New Jersey Devils on TNT.