Washington went 2-2-0 on the trip, which came against Southeast Division teams. The trek ended with Monday’s 3-1 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Robert Lang scored late in the second period, but Olaf Kolzig allowed three goals in the third as the Capitals failed to score more than two goals for the third consecutive game.
Kolzig also left the game with 85 seconds remaining following a collision with Tampa Bay’s Ben Clymer. Kolzig is 16-8-4 in his last 28 starts.
Washington is just two points in front of Tampa Bay for the lead in the Southeast.
Toronto has won three in row and eight of its last nine overall following a season-high three-game losing streak. Toronto’s latest win was a 4-3 home victory over Carolina on Tuesday when Darcy Tucker, Jonas Hoglund, Alexander Mogilny and Tom Fitzgerald tallied, while Ed Belfour made 21 saves.
Mogilny played in his 899th career game and has 58 points, which surpassed his total from 2001-02.
The Maple Leafs have outscored the Capitals, 9-5, in winning both prior meetings this season.