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This is your place to check updates and commentary along with Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs on December 17, 2022.

It’s hockey night in Canada (and DC).

The Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs and a familiar face will be in net. Ilya Samsonov will score the goal of the leaves. The Russian netminder is on a ridiculous hot streak, not giving up a goal in the last 152:34.

But if there’s anyone who can penetrate that Russian force field, it’s Alex Ovechkin, who will once again try to tie or surpass Gordie Howe.

Today’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. After 19:00 puck drop is a little.


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1st round

The Capitals start with Ovechkin-Strome-Sherry and Gustafsson-Karlsson. Charlie Lindgren is in net against Samsonov.

Mitch Marner blocked a shot by Dmitry Orlov, sending him to the ice. Marner was in pain on the Leafs bench. The shot was traveling at 96 MPH and the puck hit Marner in the skate shoe.

There was only one shot between the two teams in the first five minutes of the game. Very quick action though.

🚨 1-0 Capital. Erik Gustafsson scored from the goal line (why was he on the goal line?). Sonny Milano receives the assist. The goal was scored in the first game at 11:12.

🚨 1-1. The leaves answer two minutes later. William Nylander finds pay dirt. Auston Matthews and Alexander Kerfoot scored the goals.

🚨 2-1 capital. TVR responds 1:36 later. The Caps defender beat Samsonov to the short side. The body bounced off the Leafs defender and off the ice, bouncing over Sammy’s pad. Locker said Sammy looked shocked.

Funny circle. The Capitals outshot the Leafs 14-12 and outshot the Leafs 5v5, 23-20. The Caps lead in expected goals, 1.07 to 0.74


2nd period

🚨 3-1 capital city. Erik Gustafsson scored again. He joined the rush and scored on a goal-line punt (again). Evgeny Kuznetsov with a beautiful pass. The goal was scored 2:51 into the match.

Alex Ovechkin just hit the post with a shot. The fans loudly chant “Ovie”.

🚨 3-2 capital. Auston Matthews with a wicked release. He plays against four and scores a goal. Gustafsson and Karlsson were on the ice.

TJ Oshie limped back to his feet while skating. He left the game. It was not a good look.

TJ Oshie gets up while skating and leaves game against Maple Leafs with injury

The Leafs lead the Capitals 27-20 in shots on goal and 5-5 in attempts, 45-32. The Leafs lead at 2.19 to 2.01 expected goals.


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