FINAL
CHI
4
FLA
0
FINAL
VAN
0
COL
3
FINAL
DET
3
STL
5
FINAL
CAR
2
BOS
7
FINAL OT
MTL
2
BUF
1
FINAL
PHI
5
NJD
2
FINAL SO
PIT
4
NYI
3
FINAL
OTT
2
NYR
5
FINAL
TOR
4
WSH
6
FINAL
TBL
3
ATL
6
FINAL
MIN
1
CBJ
2
FINAL SO
NSH
3
DAL
2
FINAL
CGY
4
EDM
3
FINAL
SJS
4
ANA
1
FINAL
PHX
6
LAK
3
TOR
30-38-14
WSH
54-15-13

31 SOG
27 SOG

Ovechkin, Semin lift Capitals past Maple Leafs

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin isn't the only Russian sniper who can score goals for the Washington Capitals.

Alexander Semin notched two and added an assist Saturday to power Washington to a 6-4 victory over Toronto at the Verizon Center in front of an announced crowd of 18,277.

It was the Capitals' eighth straight home opening win.

Ovechkin recorded a goal and two assists, Brooks Laich had a goal and an assist and Nicklas Backstrom contributed two assists.

"They can be scary," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said of Capitals' offense.

It was the second straight dominating offense performance by Washington. The Capitals posted a convincing 4-1 win over Boston on Thursday night as Ovechkin scored two goals and added an assist. Semin contributed two assists.

"You know the Alexes are going to score," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We'll get other guys to chip in every now and again. We'll score our three or four goals a game." 

It was Ovechkin who scored first versus the Maple Leafs. Only 77 seconds into the first period, Ovechkin beat Vesa Toskala on a low rocket shot.

Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek took his sixth penalty of the season when he tripped Brooks Laich with 12:33 remaining in the first period.

Washington took advantage. Mike Knuble, the Capitals marquee free-agent signing of the off-season, knocked in Ovechkin's rebound on a shot from the point right in front.

Laich made it 3-0 late in the period, scoring on a breakaway.

Russian goalie Semyon Varlamov, making his first start of the season, looked sharp early, making 10 saves, including two nifty ones midway through the period. He stopped a point-blank attempt from Viktor Stalberg and stretched out to stone John Mitchell as he tried to wrap it around from behind the goal.

"I thought for the first two periods he was great," Boudreau said. "When he had to make the big save, he made the big save. Then, I think the guys in front of him let him down in the third period."

After the first period, Toronto coach Ron Wilson pulled Toskala, who gave up three goals on only eight shots, and replaced him with Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson didn't fare much better, yielding three goals on 12 shots with Washington jumping out to a commanding lead 6-1 lead.

The goaltending left Toronto coach Ron Wilson frustrated. He isn't sure who will be his starter when the Maple Leaps host Ottawa Tuesday.

"We will watch the tape and I don't have to make a decision tonight," Wilson said. "We will decide on Monday who is going to start. We score one and then, boom, boom, boom. Three more goals. I am not saying it's Jonas' fault. I am sure it was good experience for him to see us play against maybe the best offense team in a tough environment."

Semin scored twice on Gustavsson, flipping the puck over a sprawled goaltender early in the period.

Then, with 3:58 left, Semin lost control of the puck, but it went off defenseman Francois Beauchemin and in.

In between Semin's goals, Brendan Morrison scored on a breakaway.

The Maple Leafs played with more intensity in the second period, but Varlamov stopped seven shots in a four-minute stretch before Lee Stempniak trimmed the lead to 3-1.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Mikhail Grabovski and Niklas Hagman finished Toronto's scoring in the third period.

Boudreau didn't like the Capitals' breakdowns in the final period after five strong periods to start the season.

"Our first five periods were pretty good," the coach said. "Anytime you win, you shouldn't complain. I told the guys it was a great win and great start, but we have to learn how to win 6-1 when we were in that position and not think we are going to win 9-1. Hopefully, it was a cheap lesson for us and we can (be) successful from it."

Notes: Defenseman Garnet Exelby and forwards Jay Rosehill and Nikolai Kulemin were healthy scratches for Toronto. Defensemen Jeff Schultz and Tyler Sloan and center Michael Nylander sat out for Washington.
 
--Tom Worgo,  NHL.com Correspondent

1st2nd3rdT
TOR
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:17WSH Alex Ovechkin (3) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (4), Alexander Semin (3) 1 - 0 WSH
09:12WSH PPG - Mike Knuble (1) ASST: Chris Clark (1), Alex Ovechkin (2) 2 - 0 WSH
13:53WSH Brooks Laich (3) ASST: Milan Jurcina (1), Brendan Morrison (1) 3 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:23TOR Lee Stempniak (1) ASST: Ian White (1), John Mitchell (1) 3 - 1 WSH
05:27WSH Alexander Semin (1) ASST: John Erskine (1) 4 - 1 WSH
10:42WSH Brendan Morrison (1) ASST: Mike Green (1), Brooks Laich (2) 5 - 1 WSH
16:02WSH Alexander Semin (2) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (3), Nicklas Backstrom (5) 6 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
02:04TOR Alexei Ponikarovsky (2) ASST: Jeff Finger (1) 6 - 2 WSH
05:18TOR Mikhail Grabovski (1) ASST: Luke Schenn (1), Alexei Ponikarovsky (1) 6 - 3 WSH
17:57TOR Niklas Hagman (1) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (2), Tomas Kaberle (2) 6 - 4 WSH
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:27TOR Mike Komisarek  Tripping against  Brooks Laich
17:57WSH Boyd Gordon  Holding against  John Mitchell
2nd Period
11:23TOR Jamal Mayers  Roughing against  John Erskine
17:27WSH Mike Green  Interference against  Wayne Primeau
3rd Period
10:12WSH Alex Ovechkin  Hooking against  Luke Schenn
15:01TOR Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Boyd Kane
shots by period
PeriodTORWSH
1st108
2nd1512
3rd67
Total3127
Team Stats
CategoryTORWSH
Power Plays0/31/3
Hits2224
Faceoff Wins2531
Giveaways2013
Takeaways713
Blocked Shots1515
Penalty Minutes66
  • TORONTO
  • WASHINGTON
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2L. SchennD0101017:31
4J. FingerD0101016:47
7I. WhiteD0130020:52
8M. KomisarekD00-12223:01
9N. HagmanL1015017:09
12L. StempniakR10-13018:20
14M. StajanC00-22016:51
15T. KaberleD01-21021:40
18W. PrimeauC0002010:47
21J. MayersR000029:31
22F. BeaucheminD00-21020:09
23A. PonikarovskyL1121214:47
28C. OrrR000009:47
39J. MitchellC01-23017:59
45V. StalbergL00-13014:45
51R. WallinC00-10016:36
55J. BlakeL00-12013:44
84M. GrabovskiC1124015:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35V. Toskala58.62520:00
50J. Gustavsson1619.84238:13
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2B. PothierD0001014:40
3T. PotiD0010021:07
4J. ErskineD0102018:44
8A. OvechkinR1225222:12
9B. MorrisonC1111013:21
10M. BradleyR00-11011:30
15B. GordonC00-10212:19
17C. ClarkR0100011:54
19N. BackstromC0221020:41
21B. LaichC1114016:27
22M. KnubleR1013015:20
23M. JurcinaD0120017:23
26S. MorrisonnD0000018:01
28A. SeminR2114019:50
34B. KaneL00-12010:33
39D. SteckelC00-10013:46
52M. GreenD01-11224:18
53Q. LaingL00-12011:54
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
40S. Varlamov2731.87160:00