By John McCauley
TORONTO -- What a difference 48 hours can make.
The Leafs were able to drastically improve their play over the opening night debacle that had them fall 4-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, but could only manage a point in a 2-2 tie with the visiting Washington Capitals Monday.
Head coach Pat Quinn was pleased with his team's effort, but not with losing the services of Alex Mogilny to a groin pull.
Post-game Mogilny still didn't have much power in his legs. He will be evaluated on Tuesday to determine how serious the injury is.
Considering the beautiful one-timer he scored on the powerplay, the Leafs can't be without him for long. Even though Toronto had eight PP opportunities it couldn't manage to get anything by Olaf Kolzig, who basically earned a point for the Caps by himself.
|Alex Mogilny suffered a pulled groin and will be evaluated on Tuesday. |
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"We've always believed your goaltender has to be your best player on the road," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I'm glad we were able to battle back and get him a point because he deserved it."
Mogilny wasn't the only Leaf hurting after the game.
Robert Reichel was on the receiving end of a vicious elbow from Mike Grier in the third period and didn't return.
The veteran, who was having a spectacular game, wasn't feeling great, but isn't likely to miss any time.
Gary Roberts missed the end of the second period getting X-rays on his arm after a slash from Jeff Halpern.
Floating through the slot on a powerplay rush, Roberts was primed to pounce on a rebound when he was slashed high across the arms.
The play was immediately whistled down with Roberts writhing on the ice in pain. He skated off under his own power and returned for the third with a popped blood vessel.
Save for two powerplay markers on bad penalties by Wade Belak and Mats Sundin, this could have been the perfect game for the Leafs. They completely shutdown the Washington attack allowing just seven shots after two periods.
"You have to work as five-man units out there," said Ken Klee who was facing his former team after nine years in Washington. "That's how you get 38 shots."