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Leafs give Capital performance

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals try to win for the fifth time in six games Monday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals are playing some of their best hockey of the season and are 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the New York Rangers for the eighth and final postseason berth. Washington is also eight points behind Carolina for the lead in the Southeast Division and has two games in hand on the Hurricanes.

Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal of the game 1:53 into overtime as Washington defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Saturday. It was Jagr's 22nd goal of the season and third game-winner. He has four goals and four assists during a four-game points streak.

Mikael Renberg on the forecheck in Washington.
"Nothing comes easy," Jagr said. "I came from a different team and I'm trying to get used to our style of play. But now I think I'm getting there."

Adam Oates owns a seven-game assists streak for the Capitals, who have won three of their last four home games.

Toronto can move into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division with a victory Monday and a loss by the Boston Bruins against Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs are tied with the Ottawa Senators for fourth place in the East.

On Saturday, Toronto recorded a 3-3 tie with the Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs marked their 75th anniversary by honoring their all-time team, but Art Jackson, the 75-year-old nephew of honoree Busher Jackson, collapsed as he was being introduced and died later.

While the introductions of Toronto greats like Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald continued, the start of the game was delayed as paramedics treated Jackson.

Mats Sundin scored twice and Gary Roberts notched a shorthanded goal for Toronto, which is 6-2-1 in its last nine games.

Leafs goaltender Corey Schwab, making his second straight start since starting netminder Curtis Joseph broke his left hand on Tuesday, made 25 saves Saturday.

Toronto won its first meeting with Washington, 4-2, on November 6 as Jonas Hoglund scored the game-winner, but Olaf Kolzig turned aside 29 shots as the Caps battled to a 3-3 tie with the Leafs on January 11, despite playing without Peter Bondra and Jagr. Washington is 10-4-2-1 in its last 17 meetings with Toronto.

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