Ovechkin scores 40th as Caps rip Leafs for outdoor win

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That was 21 seconds after Washington winger Jakub Vrana's breakaway goal - his first score in about two-plus months - made it 5-2.

The Toronto Maple Leafs' outdoor game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at Navy is the fourth consecutive game Matthews is missing since injuring his right shoulder February 22 against the New York Islanders.

The 32-year old joined Wayne Gretzky (12 40-goal seasons), Marcel Dionne (10), Mario Lemieux (10), Mike Bossy (9) and Mike Gartner (9) on the list, and he probably has a few more similarly productive campaigns in him.

The NHL outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs was delayed for about 15 minutes when a power surge knocked out the lights at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The lopsided effort sent many fans to the exits at the second intermission, though some of those remaining used their cellphones to light the stadium during the extended stoppage.

A procession march featuring USNA midshipmen led the teams out, the gold medal-winning US olympic women's hockey and USA men's curling teams were honored and a fly-over featuring the "World Famous Fighting Black Lions" were some of the sights of the NHL's final outdoor game of the season.

Ovechkin became the sixth player in National Hockey League history with nine-plus 40-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Mario Lemieux, Mike Gartner and Mike Bossy.

Backstrom, Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each finished with a goal and two assists while Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots.

But there was hockey, and it was the Capitals who put on the show. They actually thrived on the big stage to earn two important points in the Eastern Conference playoff race. There were curlers - the US men's Olympic gold medallists - sweeping the game puck to the centre-ice dot on a curling stone. Zach Hyman scored in the first after Washington had taken the lead, and Nazem Kadri scored in the second to bring the Leafs within one - 3-2 - before the Capitals responded with two quick goals to open up a three-goal lead. But it was still a hockey game and the Maple Leafs seemed to steer themselves off course. Plekanec played for the Montreal Canadiens in the Centennial Classic in December.

The Leafs were a step behind the entire game.



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