Power play helps Maple Leafs handle Capitals

The Canadian Press | Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 10:12 PM

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs scored three power-play goals in a 6-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Toronto led 3-0 and 5-1.

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly scored 14:15 into the first period, with a rising slap shot from the left point that appeared to bounce off one or two Capitals defenders before beating goalie Justin Peters.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle has not been pleased with the power play of late, so he made a switch, putting center Nazem Kadri at the right point in an effort to generate more offense.

On his first shift, Kadri, playing his 200th NHL game, made a bad pass that was knocked out of the Washington zone, and then he fanned on an attempted wrist shot. Kadri was replaced by defenseman Cody Franson, who took a shot from the right point and scored his fourth goal of the season to make it 2-0 with 23 seconds left in the period.

The Capitals replaced Peters with Braden Holtby to start the second period and the Maple Leafs welcomed him to the game with a goal after 23 seconds on their first shot.

James van Riemsdyk made a perfect pass to Tyler Bozak at the side of the net, and he deflected it past Holtby.

Washington cut Toronto's lead to 3-1 at 10:37 when Troy Brouwer scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play with a slap shot from the high slot that beat Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

David Clarkson restored the Maple Leafs' three-goal lead 23 seconds later when he scored his seventh of the season on a snap shot from the slot.

With Washington defenseman Jack Hillen off for holding, Bozak scored his second of the game by tipping a pass from Phil Kessel past Holtby at 15:36.

Bozak had an opportunity to complete his hat trick late in the second period when he was set up in front of the Washington net, but his shot was stopped by Holtby.

Bozak has 11 two-goal games in his NHL career without getting a hat trick.

Holtby was replaced by Peters to start the third period.

Washington's Tom Wilson made it 5-2 at 7:43 of the third period when his routine-looking wrist shot managed to elude Bernier.

Toronto got that back at 16:40 with its third power-play goal, Joffrey Lupul tipping home a Jake Gardiner shot from the right point.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:15TOR Morgan Rielly (3) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 TOR
19:37TOR PPG - Cody Franson (4) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (2), Mike Santorelli (10) 2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
00:23TOR Tyler Bozak (10) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (9), Phil Kessel (13) 3 - 0 TOR
10:37WSH PPG - Troy Brouwer (6) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (18), John Carlson (12) 3 - 1 TOR
11:00TOR David Clarkson (7) ASST: Nazem Kadri (6), Jake Gardiner (4) 4 - 1 TOR
15:36TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (11) ASST: Phil Kessel (14), James van Riemsdyk (10) 5 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
07:43WSH Tom Wilson (2) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (19), John Carlson (13) 5 - 2 TOR
16:40TOR PPG - Joffrey Lupul (3) ASST: Jake Gardiner (5), Morgan Rielly (6) 6 - 2 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:12
Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:16
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:23
Penalty Summary
1st Period
17:45WSH Matt Niskanen  Holding against  Mike Santorelli
2nd Period
02:30TOR Nazem Kadri  Interference against  Brooks Laich
08:50TOR Stephane Robidas  Hi-sticking against  Alex Ovechkin
14:36WSH Jack Hillen  Holding against  Peter Holland
18:58WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Tripping against  Leo Komarov
3rd Period
10:38TOR Joffrey Lupul  Tripping against  Jack Hillen
15:05WSH Joel Ward  Interference against  Daniel Winnik
17:02TOR Korbinian Holzer  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Wilson
17:02WSH Tom Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Korbinian Holzer
17:02TOR Korbinian Holzer  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tom Wilson
17:02WSH Tom Wilson  Misconduct (10 min) against  Korbinian Holzer
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/33/4
Faceoff Wins2826
Blocked Shots1414
Penalty Minutes2321
2M. NiskanenD00-12222:48
8A. OvechkinL0007020:45
16E. FehrC0001011:57
19N. BackstromC0201219:56
20T. BrouwerR10-14018:09
21B. LaichC00-12011:07
25J. ChimeraL00-10015:59
27K. AlznerD00-10017:55
38J. HillenD00-12217:46
42J. WardR0002217:16
43T. WilsonR10051512:08
44B. OrpikD0002018:45
65A. BurakovskyL0001010:39
74J. CarlsonD0206019:59
83J. BeagleR00-10010:40
88N. SchmidtD00-12017:10
90M. JohanssonL00-10017:13
92E. KuznetsovC00-10013:21
35J. Peters811.72740:00
70B. Holtby912.75020:00
3D. PhaneufD0001022:33
4C. FransonD1003022:40
12S. RobidasD0020217:26
19J. LupulL1111215:16
20D. BoothL0000010:15
21J. van RiemsdykL0202016:42
23T. SmithC0000012:11
24P. HollandC0000012:56
25M. SantorelliC0113016:38
26D. WinnikL0000016:47
42T. BozakC2003016:12
43N. KadriC0120218:55
44M. RiellyD1112017:23
47L. KomarovC0010011:27
51J. GardinerD0212020:37
55K. HolzerD00011517:14
71D. ClarksonR1013012:56
81P. KesselR0202016:33
45J. Bernier3537.94659:32