WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Semin’s seventh goal of the season tied the game with about 5½ minutes left in regulation Wednesday night, and he also scored the final goal in the shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Capitals led 3-1 heading into the third period, before Mike Brown, Kris Versteeg and Tyler Bozak scored in a span of 3:03 for the visitors.
But Semin evened the game at 4-all on a power play.
Then he and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington in the shootout, while Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped both of Toronto’s attempts.
Nikolai Kulemin gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 14:29 mark of the first period, before Mike Green, Jason Chimera and Tomas Fleischmann scored for Washington in the second period.
Ovechkin assisted on Green’s power-play goal and on Semin’s late third-period goal for Washington, which has won four of its past five games.
Capitals rookie Neuvirth finished with 24 saves. Toronto’s Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four consecutive games, and seven of their last eight.
NOTES: The Leafs broke out of a scoring slump; they hadn’t scored more than three goals in a game since Oct. 15, when they beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime. … Neuvirth entered the game already tied for the NHL lead with seven wins and earned rookie of the month honors in October.