TORONTO (AP) -- Alexander Ovechkin scored twice again, and
Toronto trailed by two again. This time, the Maple Leafs worked
their way out of the hole.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan McCabe, Mats Sundin and Carlo
Colaiacovo scored in the third period and the Maple Leafs rallied
for a 6-4 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night. Chad Kilger
and Jeff O'Neill added goals for the Maple Leafs.
Ovechkin duplicated his performance Sunday when he scored twice
in Washington's 5-4 victory over Toronto.
Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 NHL draft, leads all rookies
with 12 goals. The 20-year-old Russian has five two-goal games in
the first 15 games of his career.
"It's healthy for the league, having these young, exciting
players coming in," Sundin said. "As long as you are the winning
side, like we are tonight, I don't mind him scoring a couple of
The Maple Leafs fell behind 2-0 to the Washington for the second
straight game. But Toronto didn't falter after tying it this time,
scoring three straight in less than three minutes in the third.
"We worked a lot harder tonight. The other night, we just plain
and simple got outworked and that shouldn't happen," McCabe said.
"We were pretty unlucky to be down 2-0 after one. We stuck to the
program, and it worked out."
Ponikarovsky pushed off a defender and put a shot past goalie
Olie Kolzig at 5:35 goal of the third. McCabe scored on slap shot
from the point on the power play at 6:57, and Sundin skated around
the net and put a wraparound shot past Kolzig at 7:36.
Brent Johnson replaced Kolzig in goal after Sundin's goal, but
didn't fare much better.
After Ovechkin got some momentum back by scoring on the power
play at 9:16 of the third, Johnson allowed Colaiacovo's shot from
the point to tip off his blocker and past him, giving Toronto a 6-3
lead with 5:57 left. It was Colaiacovo's first NHL goal.
"We came here to win, the first period we played well, but
Toronto won the third," Ovechkin said.
Ben Clymer put a weak wrist shot between Toronto goalie Ed
Belfour's legs, giving Washington a 1-0 lead at 10:37 of the first.
Ovechkin scored his 11th goal of the season by coming off the
boards and putting a wrist shot past Belfour at 15:18 of the first.
"These kids step on the stage right off the bat and they are
something," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said of a rookie class that
also includes Sidney Crosby.
Matt Pettinger also scored for Washington. ... Kolzig
allowed five goals on 32 shots. ... Sundin scored his second goal
since returning from a broken orbital bone near his left eye.