Capitals ice Leafs, 5-4, stay unbeaten


TORONTO -- Nick Kypreos and Sylvain Cote scored goals five minutes apart in the third period last night, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory that deprived the Toronto Maple Leafs of their first three-game winning streak since the 1989-90 season.

Cote said he was surprised to see the puck coming his way before his goal.

"It was just flat on the ice, and I just had to shoot," Cote said. "I could hardly miss the net. It was a great chance."

The Capitals, winners of all three games this season, also got goals from Michal Pivonka, Calle Johansson and Kevin Hatcher. Dale Hunter had three assists, as Washington moved into a tie with the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Patrick Division.

Rookie Rob Pearson scored twice for Toronto and assisted on Brian Bradley's goal. Gary Leeman had the other goal for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto almost forced overtime when Glenn Anderson scored with 12 seconds to play. But referee Richard Trottier called off the goal, ruling the Toronto player knocked the puck in with a high stick.

Leeman pulled the Leafs to 5-4 after Washington's Mike Lalor was sent off for using an illegal stick.

"It was a desperate move," Leafs coach Tom Watt said. "But desperate situations call for desperate moves."

Watt said he didn't see a replay of Anderson's disallowed goal and has to take Trottier's word.

"Apparently the replay said it was knocked down with a high stick," Watt said. "They announced it was reviewed, but the referee said it wasn't reviewed."

Washington 1 2 2 -- 5

Toronto . .1 2 1 -- 4

First period--1, Toronto, Pearson 2 (Petit), 5:00. 2, Washington, Pivonka 2 (Greenlaw, Bondra), 11:14. Penalties--DeBlois, Tor (high-sticking), 12:08. Iafrate, Was (hooking), 15:58.

Second period--3, Toronto, Bradley 2 (Pearson, Ellett), :41. 4, Washington, Johansson 1, 4:03 (pp). 5, Toronto, Pearson 3 (Petit, Zezel), 7:05 (pp). 6, Washington, Hatcher 1 (Hunter, Burridge), 17:24 (pp). Penalties--Godynyuk, Tor (high-sticking), 3:14; Ridley, Was (holding), 5:21; Shannon, Tor (slashing), 13:40; Ellett, Tor (hooking), 14:37; Godynyuk, Tor (high-sticking), 17:24.

Third period--7, Washington, Kypreos 1 (May, Hunter), 4:06. 8, Washington, Cote 2 (Hunter), 9:59. 9, Toronto, Leeman 2 (Zezel, Bradley), 18:41 (pp). Penalties--Pearson, Tor (boarding), 6:16; Johansson, Was (high-sticking), 11:11; Bradley, Tor (high-sticking), 11:11; Pearson, Tor (roughing), 11:11; Fuhr, Tor, served by Hannan (slashing), 13:09; Ellett, Tor, misconduct, 13:09; Zezel, Tor (boarding), 13:19; Lalor, Was (illegal stick), 16:54; Iafrate, Was (high-sticking), 19:21.

Shots on goal--Washington 16-12-15--43. Toronto 8-6-9--23. Power-play opportunities--Washington 2 of 9; Toronto 2 of 3. Goalies--Washington, Liut, 2-0-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Toronto, Fuhr, 2-2-0 (43-38). A--15,075. Referee--Richard Trottier.

Linesmen--Ron Finn, Ray Scapinello.

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