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Leafs looking for Capital gains

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs, who trail the Boston Bruins by one point for first place overall in the Eastern Conference, try to extend their six-game unbeaten streak Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

The Maple Leafs are also unbeaten in their last nine home games (5-0-4) after recording a 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Defenseman Cory Cross scored his first goal since December 8, 2000, a span of 67 games, 2:11 into the extra session as he took former Islander Travis Green's feed in the crease and put it by goalie Chris Osgood.

Seconds earlier, goalie Corey Schwab stopped New York defenseman Adrian Aucoin in front, setting up Cross' heroics.

The Capitals made headlines on Tuesday's trading deadline when they traded center Adam Oates to the Philadelphia Flyers for the first, second and third-round draft picks in 2002.

Washington, which is five points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, posted a 3-0 victory at Colorado on Tuesday behind goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who stopped 21 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and the 26th of his career.

Peter Bondra, Andrei Nikolishin and defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored for Washington. Gonchar's goal was an empty-netter with 63 seconds remaining in the game.

The Maple Leafs are 2-0-1 against the Capitals this season, including a 4-2 victory in Toronto on November 6.
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