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Maple Leafs rally, beat Capitals in shootout

Apr 24, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) battle for the puck in the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Kerfoot scored the decisive goal of a seven-round shootout and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Sunday night.

Jason Spezza scored his 12th goal of the season at 19:02 of the third period with the goaltender removed for an extra attacker to force overtime.

Washington went on an unsuccessful power play at 3:17 of overtime after Toronto was called for too many men on the ice.

Ilya Mikheyev had a goal and an assist and Ilya Lyubushkin had a goal for the Maple Leafs (52-21-7, 111 points). Auston Matthews had two assists as Toronto swept all three games of the season series with Washington.

T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller and Marcus Johansson scored for the Capitals (44-23-12, 100 points).

Washington lost Alex Ovechkin to injury early in the third period and he did not return.

Erik Kallgren made 34 saves for Toronto. Vitek Vanecek stopped 27 shots for Washington.

Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season at 5:34 of the first period on a shot from the left circle. Anthony Mantha made the short pass to set him up.

Lyubushkin scored his second goal of the season — both against Washington — at 12:32 of the first on a shot from the upper edge of the left circle. After taking Mitchell Marner’s cross-ice pass, Lyubushkin took a shot that deflected off a defenseman past Vanecek, who had lost his goaltender stick.

Ovechkin missed on a breakaway early in the third period and crashed into the end boards after tripping over Kallgren’s stick. He left in pain for the locker room with a possible shoulder injury.

Eller scored his 13th goal of the season from the edge of the crease at 3:32 of the third period on a pass from Martin Fehervary.

Johansson scored his ninth goal of the season on a give-and-go with Conor Sheary at 4:40 of the third.

Mikheyev circled the goal before scoring his 20th goal of the season from a sharp angle at 12:36 of the third.

John Tavares and Timothy Liljegren (load management) and Michael Bunting (undisclosed injury) did not play for Toronto.

–Field Level Media