Coming into this game tonight the Caps had not won a game against a Canadian team this season so far. In the first ten games played this season (which includes the one played tonight) half of the Caps opponents have been Canadian teams. Washington failed to break this winless streak by losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.
The man that stuck the dagger into the Capitals chest the hardest in this game for the Maple Leafs was James van Riemsdyk, van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first period that were two minutes and thirty-five seconds apart. van Riemsdyk also scored a goal in the first meeting between these two teams, half of his goals had come against the Capitals this season, and he earned the first star in this game. A highlight for the Caps tonight was forward Marcus Johansson scoring his first goal of the season for the Caps, he earned the second star of the game.
This was both the second win by the Leafs over the Caps this season and the second 3-2 score between these two teams. Washington has lost the last game of their three game homestand losing two of their last three at home and three of their last four. The Caps have now scored three or less goals in each one of their games this season, the last streak with only three goals or less lasted from Feb. 17th-Mar. 7th in 2011.
Washington and Toronto will play one more time this season on April 16th at the Verizon Center. The Capitals square next against the Penguins for the second time this season, this time in Pittsburgh Thursday night 7:00 pm ET. Last Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, the Penguins beat the Capitals 6-3 scoring three goals in the second period.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)