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Goaltender Bernier denied first win of season as Capitals defeat Maple Leafs 4-2

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TORONTO - Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.

Tom Wilson, Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams rounded out the scoring for the visitors, who improved to 7-2-0 on the road and 17-5-1 overall.

Peter Holland and Leo Komarov replied for the Maple Leafs, who turned to Jonathan Bernier in net with regular starter James Reimer out with a lower-body injury. It was the third straight loss for Toronto (7-11-5), now 3-5-3 at home and last in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chimera opened the scoring at 3:43 of the first period by floating a rolling puck past Bernier, who made his first start in almost two weeks and is still looking for his first victory of the season (0-8-1).

The Capitals, playing their second game in two nights, appeared sluggish in the early going. They made a number of sloppy passes and Toronto took advantage to pull even.

Holland cut off a pass to give the Leafs possession in the Washington end. Dion Phaneuf chipped the puck on goal from a bad angle, with Holland one-timing the rebound through traffic at 6:13.

Toronto outshot Washington 16-4 in the opening stanza.

The Capitals came out with more jump in the second period and pulled ahead at 4:06 on an ugly goal that deflated the crowd of 19,053. Defenceman Morgan Rielly overskated the puck and left it in the goalmouth area for Wilson to bank in off Bernier's pad for his first goal of the season.

With John Carlson off for interference, the Maple Leafs pulled even when Komarov tipped Phaneuf's one-timer from the point at 6:26. It was his eighth goal of the campaign.

Washington answered with a power-play goal of its own at 11:08 after a Nazem Kadri high-sticking penalty. Alex Ovechkin took a slapshot from the face-off circle that deflected off Roman Polak's stick and Johansson's left knee before crossing the line.

The Capitals' power play struck again at 13:26. With Phaneuf off for interference, Chimera did the grunt work along the boards before feathering a pass to Williams, who snapped it into the top corner past a frozen Bernier for his seventh goal of the season.

The crowd let out a Bronx cheer after Bernier's next save.

The Maple Leafs, who were well-rested after a five-day break, pressed early in the third period but Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was up to the task.

With Ovechkin in the penalty box for cross-checking, Toronto hit the post twice on the power play but couldn't cut into the lead. The Maple Leafs outshot the Capitals 33-23 on the night.

Reimer, who was injured last Tuesday at practice, was back on the ice Friday but didn't participate in the game-day skate on Saturday. It wasn't clear if he'd be ready to return for Monday's home game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Toronto called up netminder Garret Sparks from its AHL affiliate earlier in the day to serve as a backup.

Notes: Holland has four goals on the season while Chimera hiked his total to seven. ... With Sparks getting the callup, the Maple Leafs sent defenceman Scott Harrington down to the Marlies. ... Reimer is 7-3-4 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .936 save percentage this season. Bernier entered play with a 3.17 GAA and .895 save percentage.

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