Leafs-Capitals: Sundin, Toskala too Much for Washington

Jacob DearloveAnalyst IMarch 2, 2008

The Toronto Maple Leafs finished off their recent road trip with a big win over the new-look Washington Capitals last night.

The Leafs are now 4-0-1 in their last five games as they make a push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They now trail the eighth-place Flyers by five points for the final playoff spot in the East with 15 games remaining.

Mats Sundin led the charge in the victory last night with one goal and two assists in the 3-2 win.

The Washington Capitals opened the scoring about 16 minutes into the first period with a goal from Alex Ovechkin. It was Ovechkin's first goal in seven games, his longest goal-less streak before this was three games.

Nik Antropov answered back for the Leafs in the second period, tipping a Sundin blast home at 1:06 of the second period. Sundin followed this with a goal that beat Olaf Kolzig over the shoulder to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead.

Alex Steen gave the Leafs some insurance with a goal shortly into the third period with another assist given to Sundin.

Viktor Kozlov scored at 9:38 of the third leaving the Leafs fans nervous, but Vesa Toskala shut down the surging Caps and helped the Leafs hold onto a 3-2 victory.

Toskala has been a bright light in the net for the Leafs recently and is playing spectacular. He stopped 26 of 28 shots last night, snatching up the first star of the game honors and tying a career-high mark for wins in a season with 26.

The Leafs now head home for a game against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.