Maple Leafs work overtime to defeat Washington
The Maple Leafs didn’t let another opportunity get away in Game 2.
Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals, including the winner 12 minutes into double overtime as Toronto evened up their best-of-seven series with Washington at a game apiece with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.
Morgan Rielly and James van Riemsdyk also potted goals while Frederik Andersen stood tall again with 47 saves in a game that also saw Roman Polak exit with injury.
Jake Gardiner and Rielly both played over 40 minutes in his absence.
The Leafs led 3-2 with just over seven minutes left in regulation when Nicklas Backstrom tied it 3-3 for the Capitals.
The club also had a 2-0 first-period lead slip away two nights earlier in a Game 1 overtime defeat.
They ultimately rallied for their first post-season victory since May 12, 2013.
Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson managed power-play goals for Washington and Braden Holtby gave up four goals on 51 shots.
It was Toronto’s first playoff overtime win in 14 years.
Ironically, that one also ended in double overtime.
The Maple Leafs will play host to their first playoff home game in four years when Game 3 goes Monday night at the ACC.