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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

With 50 Seconds Remaining, Maple Leafs Steal Victory

WASHINGTON -- For most of the third period, the Toronto Maple Leafs played like a very tired team, icing the puck and trying to escape with the one point for a tie. Then, in one mad scramble in front of the Washington Capitals' net, they emerged as 2-1 winners.


Doug Gilmour produced the decisive goal with 50 seconds left in Tuesday night's game, reaching out and batting the puck past goalie Don Beaupre after it skidded off the skate of Washington defenseman Al Iafrate.


"The puck was lying there, I shot it and it hit his pad and went in," Gilmour said. "We never played for a tie, but we didn't want to get scored on. If you get an offensive chance, you want to go for it and we got one."


The Capitals had several opportunities to clear the puck before Gilmour put it beyond their reach. But it eventually wound up behind the Capitals' net and Kent Manderville swept out with it. When he lost possession, Bill Berg tried to bat it in, but it struck Iafrate's skate and Gilmour pounced.


"I poke checked the puck but somebody ran into me," said Beaupre, who suffered his first home-ice defeat after six victories and two ties.


"I didn't see a lot of the play, but I know the puck hit my pad and then he put it in. It's real frustrating. We deserved to win. We outplayed them, but they got a lucky break and won it."


"To play a good game like that against the second-best team in the National Hockey League and lose with 50 seconds left, it's tough," said Washington coach Terry Murray.


"It was a long game with few opportunities, then in the third period it was wait and see who's most patient. I guess they were, because there were a lot of turnovers on our part on that last goal."


The Capitals' lone goal was produced by defenseman Calle Johansson, pinching down the right side and converting Michal Pivonka's pass from behind the Toronto net while each team was skating a man short.


Penguins 5, Bruins 4, OT. In Pittsburgh, Kevin Stevens scored his third goal of the game with just 51 seconds left in overtime to lift the Northeast Division-leading Penguins over third-place Boston.


Ken Wregget made 17 of his 42 saves in the third period for the Penguins, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).


Flyers 4, Senators 1. In Philadelphia, Andre Faust scored the go-ahead goal with 5:06 left in the third period and Dmitry Yushkevich had a goal and two assists to lead the Flyers. The Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak and extended Ottawa's winless slide to 11 games.


Flames 1, Nordiques 0. In Calgary, Robert Reichel scored the game's only goal midway through the second period and Russia's Andrei Trefilov recorded his first National Hockey League shutout, lifting the Pacific-leading Flames to a win over Quebec. Trefilov stopped 19 shots in only his fourth career start to give the Nordiques their fourth straight defeat.


Sabres 5, Blackhawks 2. In Chicago, Derek Plante had a goal and two assists while Donald Audette and Brad May each had a goal and an assist as Buffalo scored the first three goals of the game.


Stars 5, Oilers 2. In Dallas, Ulf Dahlen scored two goals as the Stars bombarded Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford with a season-high 51 shots and cooled off the Oilers for their third straight home victory. The Oilers, who have moved back into playoff contention after a poor start, lost for just the fourth time in their last 13 games (8-4-1).


Kings 2, Sharks 2, OT. In San Jose, Jeff Odgers scored on a two-man advantage midway through the second period to knot the game as the Sharks skated to a tie with Los Angeles. The Sharks earned a tie despite getting a franchise-low 10 shots on goal. Their previous low was 13, done three times.


(WP, Reuters)