Capitals

Capitals

It was closer than perhaps it should have been.

But still, the Capitals skated away from the Air Canada Centre victorious on Saturday with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It was the second quality road-win in a row for the Capitals. How did they get it done north of the border?

Here's how:

1. Alex Ovechkin's First Period:
Big deficits are hard to overcome when playing in the second game of a back-to-back.

Ovechkin single-handedly put the Leafs down by two in the first period. His first goal was the 574th of his career, putting him ahead of Mike Bossy for 21st on the all-time scoring list.

Even when the Leafs made their late push, they never were able to overcome the 2-0 deficit Ovechkin put them in after the first 20 minutes.

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2. The First 40 Minutes:
For two periods, the Caps dominated in just about every way. They allowed more shots to the Leafs, but Toronto barely threatened Braden Holtby.

The Leafs looked like a team that played the night before. The Caps looked like they had fresh legs and took advantage as they outskated Toronto.

That was especially evident on Vrana's goal when he took a one-on-one with Nikita Zaitsev and turned it into a breakaway with his pure speed.

 

3. Dmitry Orlov:
No defenseman played more against Auston Matthews than Orlov who logged 9:22 against the dynamic forward.

Orlov was phenomenal against him and shut him down completely. Orlov was physical on the boards and solid on one-on-one defensive plays to make sure Matthews.

Matthews logged only one assist, but it was on a broken play as he lost the puck and Jake Gardiner collected it and fired a shot from the blue line for the goal.

For the most part, Matthews was a non-factor and that was because of the work of Orlov.