(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs open a three-game homestand on
Thursday evening looking for their first victory of the season at Air Canada
Centre as they welcome the struggling Washington Capitals.
Toronto has split its first six games of the campaign, losing both home games
while allowing nine goals in the setbacks. The club did snap a two-game slide
on Tuesday by picking up a 4-3 overtime victory in Buffalo.
Matt Frattin scored a pair of goals versus the Sabres, including the game-
winner with just 1.5 seconds left in overtime. He took an outlet pass up the
left boards and cruised towards the net before slipping a shot past Buffalo's
Ryan Miller inside the near post.
"I guess you've got to feel fortunate to get the extra point when you can
score with under two seconds left," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle. "It was
a great individual effort by Matt Frattin. ... He put it the one place it
could go and we were lucky to sneak the extra point out."
Jay McClement and Cody Franson added goals for Toronto, while James Reimer
stopped 29 shots in the victory.
Already without Clarke MacArthur (lacerated finger) and Mike Komisarek (eye)
due to injury, Toronto's Mike Brown exited the game early due to an upper-body
All three are questionable for this meeting with the Capitals, who sit at just
1-4-1 on the season. They failed to build off their first win of the campaign,
a 3-2 triumph over the Sabres on Sunday, and were dispatched by the same score
on Tuesday against Ottawa.
Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks scored first-period goals for the Caps, but
the Senators tallied late in the second, early in the third and then scored
the winner with 2:30 to play after Joel Ward was called for high sticking.
"You never want to give up goals late in the period or late in the game," said
Brouwer. "This was a tough one for us to lose tonight but we'll get back
together and see if we can't figure this out."
Michal Neuvirth made 24 stops in the loss.
Washington has won three straight and is 7-1-1 in its past nine versus the
Maple Leafs. The Caps have won three of the last four played in Toronto.
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