Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 09, 2011
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 turn around the team. Washington lost three of the first four games under Hunter, but has now won two in a row. The Capitals were scoreless on five power-play chances in the teams' first meeting, but Washington scored on its first three power-play opportunities Friday. Washington's offense got off to a slow start. The Capitals didn't record their first shot on goal until nearly 12 minutes into the first period. The second shot came soon after, and Washington made it count. Toronto's Jake Gardiner was called for slashing at the 12-minute mark, and the Capitals scored 33 seconds later on Wideman's shot from the right circle. Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer was screened by Washington's Brooks Laich on the play, which gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Wideman's second goal on a slap shot from the point came less than two minutes into the second period, and only 11 seconds after Toronto was called for too many men on the ice. The Maple Leafs got on the board at 12:52 of the second period when Kessel poked in a loose puck that had gotten behind Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun for his 18th goal of the season. Backstrom scored the Capitals' third power-play goal during a 5 on 3 at 18:50 in the second period, and Wideman had a hand in this one as well. Wideman got the puck in the right circle, faked a shot and then passed to Backstrom who was in front of the net on the left side. The goal was Backstrom's 11th of the season. Franson scored at 13:16 of the third period to cut the lead to 3-2. Earlier Friday, Canadian telecommunication companies Rogers Communications and BCE Inc. announced they have agreed to buy a majority stake in the Maple Leafs and the NBA's Toronto Raptors for about $1 billion. The deal is one of the richest in North American history. NOTES: Washington D Roman Hamrlik (lower body) returned after missing four games. D Jeff Schultz was a healthy scratch. ... Toronto F Colby Armstrong was activated from injured reserve and returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with an ankle sprain. The Maple Leafs assigned F Joe Colborne to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to make room. ... F Clarke MacArthur also played after sitting out a game with an upper-body injury.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs close door on Sammy Sosa reunion after bizarre comments

Rick Pitino restrained from going after North Carolina fan

76ers trading Ersan Ilyasova to Hawks for Tiago Splitter, pick

Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris, which could ban some participants

DeMarcus Cousins was ‘praying’ for a better supporting cast with Sacramento

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Nets trading Bojan Bogdanovic to Wizards

Elliott spoke with police after 'best friend' caught with gun

Jets reportedly believe Jay Cutler can compete in AFC East

Report: 'Melo could waive no-trade clause for Clippers after season

Rivers: Paul medically cleared to play, could return Thursday

Trea Turner missed part of Nats camp Wedneday for jury duty

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker