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Maple Leafs skate past Capitals for 7-3 win

Apr 14, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Washington Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov (30) makes a save on a shot from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Pierre Engvall (47) in the first  period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bunting, William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyev each scored two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Washington Capitals 7-3 on Thursday night.

Ilya Lyubushkin added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (48-20-6, 102 points). John Tavares added three assists to give him 501 for his career. Pierre Engvall, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly had two assists each. Rielly has 301 career assists.

John Carlson had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who had a four-game winning streak end. Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd also scored for Washington (41-23-10, 92 points).

Jack Campbell made 22 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Ilya Samsonov allowed four goals on 19 shots for the Capitals before being replaced by Vitek Vanecek, who made 10 saves.

Poor clearing by Washington resulted in Bunting’s goal on an 18-footer at 4:37 of the first period. Bunting converted Mitchell Marner’s pass. Matthews added an assist to reach 100 points for the season.

Nylander, who missed an open net with a shot earlier in the first period, scored on a blast from above the right circle at 13:45 of the first. Engvall’s pass sprung Nylander for his burst down the right wing.

Campbell escaped unscathed after his mask came off when Washington’s Wilson ran into him while being pushed at 15:26 of the first. Wilson was given a minor penalty.

The teams scored three goals during a 4-on-4 situation in the second period. Carlson scored his 15th of the season at 10:06 from the edge of the crease after weaving around the Toronto defense.

Lyubushkin scored his first goal of the season with a 51-foot slap shot 13 seconds later.

Nylander scored his 30th of the season at 10:37 on a 10-footer.

Vanecek replaced Samsonov.

Mikheyev tipped in his first goal of the game at 14:44.

Bunting added his 22nd goal this season at 16:25 on a pass from Engvall.

With the teams again at 4-on-4, Wilson scored his 24th at 19:07 of the second period on a 30-foot slap shot.

Mikheyev scored No. 17 of the season at 1:27 of the third period.

Dowd scored his ninth at 11:58 of the third.

–Field Level Media