Matt Pettinger scored twice and the Capitals ended a four-game losing streak by beating the struggling Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin, Brian Willsie and Ben Clymer also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 3-1 against Toronto. Ovechkin has 37 goals.
"It's disappointing because you sit there at the end of the game and the other team is looking over at you and laughing," Tucker said. "It's not a fun thing, that's for sure."
Ovechkin said they were just "smiling and having fun in Toronto."
Tucker, Nik Antropov and Chad Kilger scored for the Maple Leafs, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in coach Pat Quinn's seven-year tenure. Toronto fans loudly booed the Maple Leafs as the final buzzer sounded on their third straight loss. The Leafs are three points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"Maybe we aren't as good as we think we are because we haven't done well against the teams below us," Quinn said.
Ed Belfour allowed five goals on 27 shots, including two weak goals in the first minutes of the game. Fans jeered the 40-year-old after he made a couple of easy saves after that.
"We got off to a bad start," Belfour said.
After Belfour failed to collect a rebound, Willsie put it past him just 37 seconds into the game. Pettinger scored his first on a wrist shot that beat Belfour blocker side at 4:47.
Toronto failed to register a shot in the first 5 minutes and Washington had a couple of chances to run up the score early, but Antropov got momentum on Toronto's side with a one-timer after a pass from Tucker.
Tucker tied it with a one-timer on the power play just over 2 minutes later.
But Ovechkin gave Washington the lead for good after Belfour failed to stop the puck from going past his net. It ended up in front of the net and deflected off Ovechkin's leg and in just 19 seconds into the second.
"It was a funny goal," Ovechkin said.
Pettinger made it 5-2 at 19:14 of the second by scoring a short-handed goal after blocking Bryan McCabe's shot and getting loose on a breakaway.
"I thought we beat ourselves," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "We have a lot to work to do, that's for sure."
Kilger cut it to 5-3 with a slapshot at 7:54 of third.
Notes: New Raptor general manager Bryan Colangelo received a cheer when he was shown on the videoboard. The team introduced him earlier in the day. ... Ovechkin has five goals and six points in four games against the Maple Leafs, including two-goal performances in back-to-back games in November. ... Sundin partied in Sweden with the rest of his Olympic teammates at a gold-medal celebration in Stockholm on Monday. Sundin returned in time for the game and assisted on Tucker's goal. ... Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig robbed Tucker of a goal with a glove save in the second.
|Brian Willsie (12) ASST: Nolan Yonkman (4), Jeff Halpern (23)|
1 - 0 WSH
|PPG - Matt Pettinger (13) ASST: Jeff Friesen (3)|
2 - 0 WSH
|Nik Antropov (7) ASST: Darcy Tucker (15), Jason Allison (39)|
2 - 1 WSH
|PPG - Darcy Tucker (24) ASST: Mats Sundin (31), Bryan McCabe (36)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Alex Ovechkin (37) ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 WSH
|Ben Clymer (11) ASST: Matt Bradley (9)|
4 - 2 WSH
|SHG - Matt Pettinger (14) ASST: NONE|
5 - 2 WSH
|Chad Kilger (13) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (23)|
5 - 3 WSH
|Aki Berg Hooking against Ben Clymer|
|Shaone Morrisonn Hooking against Tie Domi|
|Dainius Zubrus Hooking against Chad Kilger|
|Brendan Witt Hooking against Chad Kilger|
|Tie Domi Interference against Jamie Heward|
|Nik Antropov Interference against Matt Bradley|
|Brian Willsie Hooking against Chad Kilger|
|Jamie Heward Tripping against Darcy Tucker|
|Ben Clymer Tripping against Alexander Khavanov|
|Nolan Yonkman Tripping against Tie Domi|
|Jeff Halpern Tripping against Bryan McCabe|
|Bryan McCabe Diving against Jeff Halpern|
|Mike Green Hooking against Mats Sundin|
|Bryan McCabe Misconduct (10 min)|
|Ken Klee Hooking against Alex Ovechkin|
|Jeff O'Neill Interference against Mike Green|
|Bryan Muir Tripping against Alexander Steen|
|Chad Kilger Tripping against Shaone Morrisonn|
|Tomas Kaberle Hooking against Matt Bradley|
|Alexander Khavanov Hooking against Shaone Morrisonn|
|Bryan McCabe Slashing against Matt Bradley|
|Jason Allison Cross checking against Brian Sutherby|
|Brian Sutherby Roughing against Jason Allison|