Dennis Wideman scored three power-play goals and added an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Friday night.
Wideman finished his first career hat trick and sealed the win with a shot from the point with 1:19 left in the game.
Washington got even for its worst loss of the season with a good performance on the power play, which had been a weakness during the Capitals' recent woes.
Washington was 4 for 6 on the power play against Toronto, after going 3 for 51 in the previous 14 games. It was the first time this season the Capitals have scored more than two power-play goals.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored and had two assists for Washington.
Phil Kessel and Cody Franson scored for the Maple Leafs, who defeated Washington 7-1 in Toronto the last time these teams met on Nov. 19.
The loss in Toronto marked perhaps the low point for Washington this season.
Four games later, the Capitals fired coach Bruce Boudreau and brought in Dale Hunter to try and...