WASHINGTON, D.C. — Close. Oh, so close. The Washington Capitals thought they evened the score early in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it was waved off after a short review.
John Carlson rocketed a shot from the point as Garnet Hathaway tipped it in front. The shot then off the post and off Petr Mrazek’s back. After that, the puck started to trickle past the goal line. It was on its side as it appeared to cross looking at one angle. However, at another, it looked too close for comfort. Ultimately, the official waved it off, saying it didn’t completely cross the line.
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The Capitals would get on the board, though, and respond later in the first period. Conor Sheary tipped a Nicklas Backstrom point shot to tie the game at 1 after Michael Bunting gave the Leafs the lead just under three minutes into the contest.