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Washington is outshot 36-18

10/13/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- The Washington Capitals felt a little lucky to
finish with a tie after spending most of the night in the penalty
box.

Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves, and Robert Lang scored the tying goal
during a power play as the Capitals rallied for a 2-2 draw with the
Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

The Maple Leafs, booed off the ice in Saturday's 4-0
season-opening loss to Montreal, went 1-for-8 with a man advantage.

"We were fortunate, but Olaf earned his paycheck," Washington
coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Sergei Gonchar also scored a power-play goal for the Capitals,
who were outshot 36-18.

"Fortunately, we weathered the storm," Kolzig said.

Washington went 2-for-4 on the power play.

The Maple Leafs were happy they committed only four penalties,
but Toronto captain Mats Sundin was whistled for holding before
Lang's one-timer tied it at 2 at 8:49 of the third period.

"We're beating ourselves," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "You
can't take a penalty of that nature. That was not a good penalty."

The Maple Leafs lost Alexander Mogilny, Gary Roberts and Robert
Reichel to injuries. Mogilny strained a groin, Roberts broke a
blood vessel in his arm, and Reichel hurt his back after being
checked into the boards.

"Alex doesn't have much power in it. We'll get it assessed
(Tuesday)," said Quinn, who added that Roberts and Reichel seemed
to be OK.

Washington used defenseman Jean-Francois Fortin in place of
Brendan Witt, who suffered a concussion on Saturday.

Washington's Boyd Gordon scored on his own net in the first
period. Gordon, a rookie, stuck his stick out on Toronto's Nik
Antropov's cross-ice pass.

Gonchar tied it with a power-play goal at 9:33 of the second,
but Gonchar and Jeff Halpern received penalties before Mogilny gave
Toronto the lead during a two-man advantage.

Defenseman Ric Jackman faked a shot before passing to Mogilny,
whose one-timer from the side of the net beat Kolzig.

Toronto outshot Washington 18-4 in the second, but scored just
once in the period.

Game notes
New Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill attended the game. O'Neill
sat next to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry
Tanenbaum. ... The Maple Leafs were the last team in the NHL to
score a goal this season. ... The Capitals managed just three shots
in the first. ... Reichel left the game with 2:45 left after being
elbowed into the boards by Washington's Mike Grier.