Andersen shuts the door – Leafs blank Capitals

Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots that he faced in Toronto’s 2-0 win over Washington at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. It was the first meeting between the Leafs and Capitals since their opening round playoff series last spring.

Despite the Leafs carrying much of the play over the first five minutes – featuring breakaway chance by William Nylander and James van Riemsdyk – they had to be content with being deadlocked in a scoreless tie after two periods.

Connor Brown finally ended the stalemate by converting a loose puck at the edge of the crease and beating Braden Holtby through the legs to open the scoring.

The Capitals pressed for the equalizer late in regulation with Holtby on the bench, but Nazem Kadri sealed the game with an empty net goal.

Morgan Rielly finished with two assists on the night. Andersen collected his first shutout of the season, and the eleventh of his career. The netminder became the first Leafs goalie to ever post a shutout in a road game versus Washington.