Maple Leafs Crush Capitals 5-1, Bertuzzi Scores Twice

Maple Leafs Crush Capitals 5-1, Bertuzzi Scores Twice

Toronto’s Maple Leafs emerged victorious over the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Thursday night, fueled by Tyler Bertuzzi’s two goals and Joseph Woll’s impressive performance in net.

Bertuzzi, who has now scored six goals in his last seven games, opened the scoring for Toronto in the second period, followed by a goal from Mark Giordano, who returned to action after a lengthy injury absence. Conner Dewar and Bobby McMann also contributed goals to the Maple Leafs’ tally.

Washington’s lone goal came from Nic Dowd, while Charlie Lindgren made 43 saves in a valiant effort. The Capitals, who are battling for a playoff spot, fell to 36-27-9 with the loss.

Woll, who had struggled in his previous two starts, rebounded with a solid performance, making 24 saves and helping Toronto improve to 41-22-9.

Despite missing top-line winger Mitch Marner and several key defensemen due to injuries, the Maple Leafs managed to secure the win. Auston Matthews, the NHL’s leading goal scorer, played for Toronto despite missing the morning skate due to illness.

Giordano, the oldest player in the league at age 40, scored his first goal in 31 games, a poignant moment as he celebrated by pointing to the sky in honor of his late father.

Bertuzzi’s second goal of the night came off a turnover with less than 10 minutes remaining, sealing the victory for Toronto.