Wilson scores in OT as Caps survive scare to beat Leafs

Wilson scores in OT as Caps survive scare to beat Leafs

Wilson scores in OT as Caps survive scare to beat Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs put a scare in the Washington Capitals, but it was the favourites that prevailed in Game 1.

By comparison, the Capitals did not have a rookie play the entire season. Before the game, Matthews shared Gretzky's excitement about McDavid and other young stars getting their first taste of the playoffs.

Buffalo and Vancouver entered via expansion in 1970 as did Atlanta (later moving to Calgary) and the New York Islanders in 1972.

1982: The Leafs are selecting third overall in the NHL Draft.

Behind all of the work of the forwards and defence was an excellent Andersen. The Leafs truly felt like they had drafted a stud defenceman when they selected Nylund.

It wasn't all awful as the Capitals settled in.

"[The Leafs] came out fast". At no point in the game did Washington really appear to be in control. He finished the regular season with 34 points (7 G, 27 A) in the last 25 games.

The Maple Leafs lost when leading by multiple goals again after doing so an NHL-high eight times during the regular season.

January 16th, 1991: Thank you, Floyd?

General manager George McPhee cited Gallant's experience and past success in announcing the hiring following what he called an extensive search of candidates.

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Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was acquired from St. Louis at the trade deadline, was on the ice for both Toronto goals. The possibility of the Leafs finishing dead last in 1991 was not totally out of the question.

Before the first frame was halfway over, the Leafs doubled their lead.

Well the second effort has to come next.

So, the acquisition of Bob Rouse and Peter Zezel from the Capitals in exchange for Al Iafrate didn't seem to be a front-burner topic. The Caps made the playoffs every year but one from 2008 through 2016, and they never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. In true Dryden fashion, he is taking his time putting a management team in place. "I think their fans did a great job of that".

"You can't just go out and be someone you're not", Carrick said Thursday morning. "That stuff is going to happen if we play in our end a bit". Komorov has one of those day-to-day injuries that evolves into a significant amount of time missed. Now they just have to keep it going to avoid another postseason disappointment. The loss of Komorov becomes more and more significant.

"There is always some nervousness, I think, when you come into games like this". Five minutes and fifteen seconds into overtime of Game One, Wilson scored the sudden-victory tally - an unstoppable snipe from the boards, sending Verizon Center into euphoria. A good effort from the Leafs penalty killers was spoiled by some rotten luck on a broken play involving a shattered stick and a whiffed clearance, with Connor Brown caught off guard by the weird bounce.

There was no sign of nerves from the start on Thursday night and for nearly two periods and then parts of a third, the young Leafs had the Washington Capitals, the NHL's best team in the regular season but one with a shaky playoff past, nervous and on the ropes. But, he added, "I don't think they can take us lightly". He smiled and nodded at the very pleasant memory.

All eyes will be on the Leafs young sensation Auston Matthews, 19, as the Calder Trophy favorite became the fourth rookie in National Hockey League history to score 40 goals before his 20th birthday.

Assumed to be pushovers, the Maple Leafs got off to the quicker start, scoring twice in the first ten minutes of the game to take an early lead.

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Chicago.

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