Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Toronto leads 2-0

Game 1: Monday, October 13th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 25th
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Game 3: Friday, December 19th
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Game 4: Wednesday, January 21st
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Capitals 2

(1-1-0, 3 pts)

Maple Leafs 2

(0-1-0, 1 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 13, 2003

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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WSH 0 1 1 02
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O. Kolzig (Capitals - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

R. Jackman (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

S. Eminger (Capitals - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Washington is outshot 36-18

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.

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