Ward, Ovechkin lead Caps past Maple Leafs 3-2

The Associated PressJanuary 11, 2014
Ward, Ovechkin lead Caps past Maple Leafs 3-2
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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) celebrates his goal with center Mikhail Grabovski (84), center Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman Mike Green (52), with Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) nearby, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Friday night.

Nicklas Backstrom also scored, and goalie Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves in his first game in seven weeks as the Capitals won on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this year.

It was the fourth straight loss for Toronto after a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic. James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist. Kessel's goal was his team-high 21st for the Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 21-7 in the defeats.