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Capitals Rake Up Maple Leafs

Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik have recovered from their early-season injuries, and the Washington Capitals certainly feel better.

Bulis scored his first two goals of the season and assisted on another while Zednik had a goal and an assist to help Washington defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Wednesday night.

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  • Bulis missed the first 13 games with an ankle injury, and he scored twice and assisted on the other goal during a three-goal second period. This was Bulis' first multi-goal and three-point game in his career, and he said playing on the same line with Zednik is a pleasure.

    "I feel confident, a little more (assured)," Bulis said. "(Zednik) skates well, he's a speedy guy. It was working today, and hopefully it will work more."

    Zednik had missed the last 10 games after bruising his shoulder on Oct. 21 versus Vancouver. He scored the game-tying goal and assisted Bulis on an insurance goal in the second period.

    "I felt great today, and I think it's going to get better," Zednik said. "He can skate with me, and we play well together."

    But Zednik's night ended early when he was ejected following a match penalty with 13:08 left after apparently retaliating against Daniil Markov, cutting the Maple Leaf above his right eye.

    The return of Bulis and Zednik should help the Washington offense regain some of the punch mising when several players were injured early this season. The Capitals are slowly getting players back and have scored nine goals in the last two games and 17 in the past four.

    "We've got a chance of scoring from three different lines," Washington coach Ron Wilson said. "We have three dangerous lines which the other team's coaches and players have to ponder."

    Goalie Olaf Kolzig finally felt at home as he smothered the puck before Toronto's Kris King could pounce. (AP)

    Adam Oates scored the team's final goal by making Washington's first penalty shot since Rggie Savage made one against Minnesota on Nov. 18, 1992.

    The victory ended Washington's seven-game home winless streak. The Capitals, who now have won two straight for the first time this season, went 0-5-2 after winning their home opener.

    Toronto outshot Washington 11-6 in a first period where it repeatedly pressured the Capitals. But Washington controlled play in the final two periods, limiting the Maple Leafs to just 16 shots as goalie Derek King scored a power-play goal 2:10 into the first period. Zednik tied the game for the Capitals 58 seconds into the second period. Bulis then gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 4:33 of the period, scoring an unassisted goal on a shot from the right circle.

    Bulis made it 3-1 by flipping a loose puck past Joseph with 4:05 left in the second period. Oates got the final goal on his penalty shot 6:22 into the third period. Toronto goaltender Curtis Joseph a piece of the shot, but the puck slowly trickled into the net.

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