Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Washington Capitals Down Maple Leafs to Register Consecutive Victories: Capitals Put Together Consecutive Wins

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Washington Capitals Down Maple Leafs to Register Consecutive Victories: Capitals Put Together Consecutive Wins

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TORONTO - It's been a while since the Washington Capitals gave head coach Dale Hunter consecutive wins.

Washington scored four straight goals en route to a 4-2 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It comes on the heels of the Capitals' 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, giving the squad two straight decisions for the first time since mid-January.

Washington wasted little time getting the lead against Toronto, taking a quick 2-0 advantage on Marcus Johansson's goal just 32 seconds into the contest and Alexander Semin's goal just over three minutes later.

"It's big for us to get them behind early," said Hunter. "It's hard to come back in this league and it just proves the point again -- you have to have a good first and good things will happen.

"I was hoping we'd come out like start. It was definitely a good start to jump on them early like that and put them back on their heels."

Washington has just five wins in 14 games this month but still remains in the thick of it in the Southeast Division. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets are tied atop the division with 68 points each, just one more than the third-place Capitals.

Defenceman Mike Green played in his fifth game following groin surgery. He's still without a point since his return but had a team-high 23 minutes of ice time.

"Tonight was a huge win for win for us," Green said. "We've had a rough go the last six games, but this was big. It puts us back where we want to be and we got to keep getting better from here.

"It's been a rough go this year and we got to make up some ground, so this is huge."

Washington is ninth overall in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the eighth-place Jets. But the advantage of winning the Southeast Division is gaining the coveted third seed come playoff time.

Florida would appear to be in the best position to do so with two games in hand on Washington and four on Winnipeg. …

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