Woll delivers strong performance as Maple Leafs secure a 4-1 victory against struggling Capitals.

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Woll delivers strong performance as Maple Leafs secure a 4-1 victory against struggling Capitals.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Auston Matthews netted his seventh goal of the season, Joseph Woll made an impressive 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Washington Capitals their fourth loss in five games with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals’ star, scored his first goal of the season, marking his 823rd in his NHL career, now only 71 behind Wayne Gretzky’s record. Ovechkin had a staggering 14 shots on goal during the game, including an unsuccessful penalty shot.

Woll managed to thwart Ovechkin’s penalty shot attempt early in the second period, bringing Ovechkin’s career record in penalty shots to 2-of-13. With this, Ovechkin’s 13 penalty shots equaled the most in NHL history, previously held by Vinny Lecavalier.

The Capitals’ only win so far came in a shootout last week at home against Calgary. Frustration was palpable as Ovechkin noted, “We’re just frustrated and I think we have so many good chances tonight and we just couldn’t score. It’s part of the process.”

Auston Matthews’ goal was his first since back-to-back hat tricks to open the season. The Maple Leafs also saw goals from Morgan Rielly, John Tavares, and William Nylander. This victory marked their fourth win in six games.

A notable highlight was Rielly’s goal, which was the first by a Maple Leafs defenseman this season and also the fifth time the Capitals conceded the opening goal of the game. Tavares and Nylander extended their respective season-opening point streaks to six games, making them the third set of Toronto teammates to achieve this feat.

Maple Leafs coach Carbery recognized the impact of his star players, stating, “They have a good team, and elite players make a few elite plays in given moments. Tavares’ goal, Nylander’s goal, Morgan Rielly’s goal, Auston’s goal — that’s the difference in the game.

NOTES

Woll has now become the 170th different goaltender Ovechkin has scored against. Ovechkin’s goal was also his 300th on the power play and the 3,000th goal in Capitals history, representing 10% of their franchise total.

UP NEXT

  • Maple Leafs: The team continues their five-game road trip with their fourth stop, facing the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
  • Capitals: Goaltender Hunter Shepard is expected to make his NHL debut Wednesday at the New Jersey Devils.

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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/woll-backstops-maple-leafs-4-011726783.html

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