LEAFS SURRENDER FIRST GOAL EARLY IN FIRST, BUT PULL EVEN IN SECOND
The Leafs' tilt with the Capitals was the last of a four-game road trip for Toronto, and the Buds allowed the first goal of the night - and the only goal of the period - just 18 seconds into the game. But the Leafs showed resilience early in the second frame, and their work paid off with the game-tying goal at 3:30 of the period:
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Winger Kasperi Kapanen registered his second goal of the year on the scoring play when he deflected defenceman Ron Hainsey's shot from the point past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Hainsey's assist extended his points streak to three games, and centre Auston Matthews' secondary assist was his fourth helper of the season and 13th point of the year.
It also gave Matthews at least a point in every one of Toronto's six games this season, but more importantly, it was a push-back-goal against the defending Stanley Cup champions early enough in the game to prevent the Caps from striking for a second goal and getting a confidence boost.