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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Washington



(Sunday, March 16th)

Final Score: Washington 4, Toronto 2

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Brouwer picked up a pair of goals to lead Washington past Toronto, 4-2, at Verizon Center.

Joel Ward contributed a goal and an assist, with Jason Chimera tallying and Karl Alzner adding two assists for the Capitals, winners of two in a row after dropping five of six.

Jaroslav Halak was solid in net, making 27 saves.

"I've counted on 'Wardo' and 'Chimmer' all year long. They play together on the penalty kill, power play. Big bodies that we count on for a lot of minutes to get territory for us," said Capitals head coach Adam Oates. "It's good to see them get rewarded because you don't get a lot of accolades based on that. You know, doing grunt work."

Dion Phaneuf and Troy Bodie lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who lost for the second time in their last six. James Reimer stopped 29 shots in defeat.

Toronto crawled within a goal at 8:05 of the second, after Phaneuf's seeing- eye wrister from the left point managed to elude traffic en route and get past Halak.

The Caps maintained control of the flow at even strength, but gave the Leafs three power-play chances with which to draw even in the middle frame.

Toronto was careless to start the third, as Cody Franson was whistled for shooting the puck over the glass 2 1/2 minutes in, but the visiting penalty killers prevented further damage.

Jake Gardiner's slash with 3:02 remaining passed without incident, but Brouwer hit the empty net inside the final five seconds to ice it for the Capitals.

"We obviously know their strong point. You look at Ovechkin and he has 40 something goals. Every time we played we kind of played them the same way, and tonight they found a way to get by us," Reimer said on his club's plan to neutralize Ovechkin backfiring. "Kudos to them. They made some good plays."

Washington picked up the game's first goal on a power play, as Nicklas Backstrom dished below the goal line for Marcus Johansson, and his pass into the slot was one-timed home by Brouwer at 3:34.

Chimera made it 2-0 on his backhander in close just shy of the seven-minute mark, then Ward hit the 20-goal mark on his slam-dunk from the left side at 8:44 on a following advantage.

Bodie lifted one under the crossbar with 2:45 to go in the first and the Leafs trailed 3-1 at intermission.

Game Notes

Ward reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career ... The 33- year old's previous NHL best was a 17-goal effort with Nashville in 2008-09, with his finest professional season coming with Houston of the AHL (21 goals) in 2007-08 ... The Capitals have won three in a row and five of six at home against the Leafs, extending their run of success in DC to 13-4-1 since the start of the 2005-06 season.

03/16 19:58:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 87
NYK 79
 
3rd
HOU 61
NOP 63
 
1st
SAC 9
MIL 4
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
 
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
2nd
SD 45
MNTST 46
 
2nd
UAB 42
LSU 44
 
2nd
EVAN 44
OHIO 47
 
1st
CSFU 0
CSDH 0
 
1st
ORST 10
DEP 6
 
1st
PAC 5
NEV 6
 
1st
USF 10
PORST 7
 
1st
IDAHO 0
WALLA 0
 
10:15pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
3rd
JAC 14
TEN 10