Toronto Maple Leafs hang on to defeat the Washington Capitals for third straight win
By Neil Becker
An unlikely pair of defenceman in Rasmus Sandin and Justin Holl combined to score the eventual third period go ahead goal as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night went on to defeat the Washington Capitals by a 5-3 score.
This game featured a Capitals team who came into action having lost five straight at Capital One Arena and following the Leafs loss were booed off the ice.
The Leafs would prevail when with under four minutes remaining in regulation, Holl, sent a cross ice tape to tape pass to Sandin who had an easy tip in for his 3rd of the year and eventual go-ahead.
Washington pulled the goalie for an extra attacker, and that’s when Leafs forward Pierre Engvall took advantage as he skated in alone and scored with 61 seconds remaining into the open to clinch another big two points for the Leafs.
Toronto now has 74 points, which puts them only one point behind the Florida Panthers for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Leafs next see action on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena with a 7:30 p.m. opening face-off against the Buffalo Sabres.
2:35 Michael Bunting (19)
Mitchell Marner (32), Rasmus Sandin (11)
16:23 Conor Sheary (12)
Nicklas Backstrom (12), John Carlson (29)
18:49 William Nylander (21) 2 – 1
John Tavares (32), Alex Kerfoot (28)
19:58 Justin Holl (2)
Mitchell Marner (33), Morgan Rielly (38)
10:11 PPG- Tom Wilson (16)
Alex Ovechkin (31), John Carlson (30)
1:44 SHG- Tom Wilson (17) 3 – 3
Martin Fehervary (6), John Carlson (31)
16:37 Rasmus Sandin (3) 4 – 3
Justin Holl (8), John Tavares (33)
18:59 EN Pierre Engvall (9) 5 – 3
Ilya Mikheyev (4)