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Power Play Leads Leafs Past Capitals

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs



TORONTO - Tyler Bozak had a pair of goals and Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the visiting Washington Capitals 6-2 on Saturday.

The win came on a night Toronto honoured the late Pat Quinn, who was a former player, coach and general manager of the Maple Leafs.

Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson scored two goals on six first-period shots, sending Capitals starter Justin Peters to the bench for the second period.

Braden Holtby didn't fair much better in relief, allowing Bozak to score on the first shot he faced. David Clarkson then scored his seventh of the season on just the sixth shot of the second period.

Bozak added his second of the night at 15:36 of the second. Jake Gardiner had the other goal for the Leafs.

Peters returned for the third and made eight saves while Holtby was saddled with the loss after making nine saves.

Troy Brouwer and Tom Wilson had the Washington (10-9-4) goals.

With the win, Toronto (12-8-3) improved to 8-6-0 on home ice this season and 9-0-0 when scoring first and scoring four or more goals.

Rielly opened the scoring at 14:15 of the first as his point shot hit a couple Capitals in front of the net before getting past Peters for his third of the season.

Franson made it 2-0, on a power play, beating a screened Peters five-hole for his fourth of the season. Franson now has 12 points in his last 12 games.

With his assist on Franson's goal, Mike Santorelli picked up his 100th career NHL point.

Bozak made it a three-goal lead 23 seconds into the second after tapping home a James van Reimsdyk feed for his 10th.

After Brouwer got the Capitals on the board at 10:27 of the second with his sixth of the season, Clarkson restored Toronto's three-goal edge with his seventh of the season.

Bozak gave Toronto a 5-1 lead after redirecting a Phil Kessel feed up and over the shoulder of Holtby for his 11th of the season. The power-play goal tied Bozak with Kessel for the team-lead.

Toronto's power play, which was 1-for-23 entering Saturday's game, went 3-for-4.

Leo Komarov took an elbow to the head from Alex Ovechkin early in the third period and did not return.

During a fight with Tom Wilson with three minutes remaining in the third, Korbinian Holzer appeared to accidentally strike linesman Steve Miller.

Holzer and Wilson each received five minutes for fighting and 10 minute misconducts.

The Leafs continue their season-high five game home stand on Tuesday when the Dallas Stars visit.

Notes: In addition to Quinn the Leafs paid tribute to Murray Oliver with a moment of silence pre-game. The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Steven Oleksy from their AHL affiliate in Hershey on Saturday and placed Mike Green (upper body) on injured reserve. Leafs forward Richard Panik was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

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