Under the O ... offence

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- There was no shortage of "O"s on the scoresheet between the Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals yesterday.

Jeff O'Neill and Alexander Ovechkin led the way with a pair of goals for their respective teams at the MCI Center, with the Capitals rookie getting the upper hand in his team's 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs.

O'Neill's second goal, at 12:27 of the second period, pulled the Leafs into a 3-3 tie and appeared to change the momentum of the game.

Enter Ovechkin, who scored the next two goals -- both on the power play -- en route to providing the Caps with a lead they never would relinquish.

"It was a big win," Ovechkin, the wonderfully talented 20-year-old, said. "When I scored the second one, I thought (teammate) Brian Willsie might have scored. When I found out it was me, I was glad.

"We are definitely picking up on the power play, trying different things."

It was the Capitals' first victory over the Leafs in their past seven meetings.

As for O'Neill, he seems to have regained his scoring touch. Credit that success to linemate Mats Sundin, who has set up O'Neill with three perfect feeds in the past two games.

"Mats is such an easy guy to play with," O'Neill said. "My basic goal is to just get open because he'll get you the puck."

Sundin hasn't missed a beat since returning to the Leafs lineup on Saturday following the left eye injury he suffered in the season opener against Ottawa.

Sundin has four points in the past two games and continues to get stronger with every outing.

Yet the captain still found fault with his unit, which also includes winger Alexei Ponikarovsky.

"Overall I didn't think our line had the best game," Sundin said. "Every time our team scored, they would come back and go ahead. You can't expect to win playing from behind all the time.

"We were back on our heels far too much."


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