The Washington Capitals kept up their latest surge and piled on the misery of a fading playoff contender Sunday, with Michal Neuvirth getting his third shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Neuvirth made 23 saves, and Brooks Laich and Matthieu Perreault scored for Washington. The Capitals remained a point behind Florida for the Southeast Division lead. The Panthers beat Carolina on Sunday.
Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11, their fortunes barely changed in the five games since the change in coaches from Ron Wilson to Randy Carlyle. Toronto was shut out in both of its weekend games, losing 1-0 after a shootout at home to Philadelphia on Saturday night.
The Capitals have been a streaky team of late in their more-challenging-than-expected quest for a fifth straight division title. They lost three, won three, lost three and now have won three in a row once again. This latest streak includes Satu...