Power surge knocks out lights at National Hockey League outdoor game

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals: NHL Odds, Prediction

Other goals against Andersen were scored by Ovechkin - for his 40th this season and the 598th of his career - Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.

From the moment the Leafs unveiled their snowstorm-esque, all-white-everything uniforms for Saturday's outdoor game, fans haven't shied away from offering their opinions on the outfit choice. However, the Capitals responded with goals by Carlson and Vrana two minutes apart.

Washington went on to win 5-2, moving into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division with 81 points.

The game being played on schedule was still in doubt as late as Friday evening, as winds upwards of 60 miles per hour blasted eastern Maryland, but conditions calmed on Saturday morning and the National Hockey League gave the go-ahead for the Stadium Series game to proceed at it's scheduled 8pm start.

Going into the Maple Leafs' game against the Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, they're 7-4-2 this season without Matthews. Navy midshipmen and Canadian servicemen and women took part in a patriotic pregame ceremony capped off by a memorable flyover with only the afterburners visible against the night sky.

And as an outdoor game, there were distractions. The gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic men's curling team delivered the puck for the ceremonial faceoff by curling it to center ice.

What might be an issue is goalie Frederik Andersen, pulled for Curtis McElhinney after allowing five goals on 25 shots.

All the line juggling in the world - and coach Mike Babcock went to his blender in the second period - couldn't kick-start the Leafs.

"Jumping right in and being ready to go, when it's time to come back will be positive for him". John Shuster's rink and the gold-medal-winning US women's hockey team were honored as part of the festivities.

This was the first game the Caps have played in the state of Maryland since closing the Capital Centre (Landover) in 1997. Plekanec played for the Montreal Canadiens in the Centennial Classic in December.

Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews is pictured during third period NHL hockey action against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.


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