Washington Capitals Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs@A.C.C.(Sat.,Nov.28th,th,2015)
The Washington Capitals won the game and got a look at the Maple Leafs’ backup goaltender on Saturday night.
It was the third straight loss for last-place Toronto. Bernier made 19 saves in his first start in nearly two weeks – starter James Reimer sat with a lower-body injury.
Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist and Washington beat Jonathan Bernier and Toronto 4-2 for its fifth straight victory.
Tom Wilson, Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored, Braden Holtby made 32 saves and the Capitals improved to 7-2-0 on the road and 17-5-1 overall.
The goals for Toronto for the period were:Peter Holland and Leo Komarov scored for Toronto.
The Capitals looked tired after back to back games. They made a number of sloppy passes and Toronto took advantage to pull even after Chimera’s goal.
The Leafs looked good in the first period and seemed to out play O.V. and the Capitals.
The Capitals pulled ahead in the second period at 4:06 on an unusal goal that quiet the crowd Defenseman Morgan Rielly overskated the puck and left it in the goalmouth area for Wilson to bank in off Bernier’s pad for his first goal of the season.
John Carlson was off for interference, the Maple Leafs pulled even when Komarov tipped Phaneuf’s slap shot from the point at 6:26. It was his eighth goal of the campaign.
A power-play goal at 11:08 after Nazem Kadri’s high-sticking penalty. Alex Ovechkin took a slap shot from the faceoff circle that deflected off Roman Polak’s stick and Johansson’s left knee before crossing the line.
The Capitals’ power play struck again at 13:26. With Phaneuf off for interference, Chimera did the work along the boards before getting a pass to Williams, and he shot it into the top corner past a stunned Bernier for his seventh goal of the season.
The crowd let out a Bronx cheer after Bernier’s next save. He fell to 0-8-1 this season with a 3.28 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
The Maple Leafs were well-rested after a five-day break and pressed early in the third, but goaltender Holtby was up to the task.
Ovechkin was in the penalty box for cross-checking, Toronto hit the post twice on the power play but couldn’t cut into the lead. The Maple Leafs outshot the Capitals 33-23.
Goaltender Reimer was injured last Tuesday at practice and was back on the ice Friday but didn’t participate in the game-day skate on Saturday. Toronto has called up netminder Garret Sparks from its AHL affiliate earlier in the day to serve as a backup. Bernier was sent to the AHL for a conditioning stint and build up his confidence. The team looks below average at best and let’s see how they do before the Christmas break.