|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|WSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Too bad Alexei Ponikarovsky can't play all of his games in Washington.
Ponikarovsky has scored just seven career NHL goals, but four have come against Olaf Kolzig on the road. The Ukrainian left wing got two in the third period Wednesday night, giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
``It's just weird,'' said Ponikarovsky, who has played just 83 games over four seasons. ``You just play, get chances and score goals.''
Ponikarovsky's slap shot from just inside the blue line trickled between Kolzig's legs to break a 1-1 tie 3:43 into the final period. Ponikarovsky made it a two-goal lead at 8:28, finishing off a nice one-two with Tomas Kaberle.
Ponikarovsky scored his first NHL goal against Kolzig and the Capitals on Feb. 1, 2001. He has scored four goals this season, including three in Washington.
``Yeah, he seems to enjoy playing in this rink,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. ``I like that he's starting to shoot the puck. He never did shoot the puck before. The first goal that he had maybe wasn't one of those things that was a work of art, but he put it at the net.''
Kolzig certainly doesn't care to have a little-known nemesis. He answered questions after the game in his usual calm demeanor, but he flung his equipment bag against the wall in a rage of temper as he walked into the hall, then kicked hard against the door of the dressing room.
Coach Glen Hanlon, an ex-goaltender, said Kolzig can't be faulted for the shot that went between the pads.
``It was spinning and it just dove down hard. It was a quail coming down on him,'' Hanlon said. ``Was he in the right spot? Yeah. You can't do anything differently. He just didn't stop it.''
Trent Whitfield and Peter Bondra scored for the Capitals, whose season-high five-game point streak ended. Bondra's power-play goal with 5:40 remaining made it a one-goal game.
Craig Johnson scored his second goal of the season for the Maple Leafs. Ed Belfour made 21 saves, one night after beating the New York Islanders 2-0. Belfour made a nice stop on a breakaway by Bondra midway through the third.
After a scoreless first period, Whitfield put Washington on the board by converting a crossing pass from Josef Boumedienne with the teams skating four-on-four. It was Whitfield's second goal of the season, scored one week after his first against Calgary.
Johnson tied it a little more than two minutes later, falling down as he reached around a defender to poke in a rebound.
|Trent Whitfield (2) ASST: Josef Boumedienne (1), Joel Kwiatkowski (4)|
1 - 0 WSH
|Craig Johnson (2) ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (1), Tie Domi (9)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Alexei Ponikarovsky (3) ASST: Bryan McCabe (18)|
2 - 1 TOR
|Alexei Ponikarovsky (4) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (13), Nik Antropov (8)|
3 - 1 TOR
|PPG - Peter Bondra (17) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (38), Robert Lang (34)|
3 - 2 TOR
|Craig Johnson Holding against Rick Berry|
|Tie Domi Fighting (maj) against Darcy Verot|
|Darcy Verot Fighting (maj) against Tie Domi|
|Nik Antropov Slashing against Jeff Halpern|
|Jeff Halpern Tripping against Tomas Kaberle|
|Matt Stajan Hooking against Josef Boumedienne|
|Kip Miller Hooking - Obstruction against Carlo Colaiacovo|
|Darcy Verot Hooking|
|Nik Antropov Hi-sticking against Brendan Witt|
|Carlo Colaiacovo Holding the stick against Bates Battaglia|