Hurtin' at home

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

TORONTO -- Perhaps it was jet lag or just a poor effort, but the Maple Leafs crash-landed in their return to the Air Canada Centre last night.

Coming off a three-game Western Conference trip, the Leafs looked listless and disinterested, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Capitals and their third straight overall.

Adding insult are the injuries to defenceman Luke Schenn (leg) and forward Niklas Hagman (possible concussion), who both went down in the second period.

As for how long the promising Schenn will be out, "we're looking at a minimum of two weeks," said coach Ron Wilson.

"Luke logs a lot of minutes and so does Haggy. We had to go to Plan B and C. "You're a little tired and you want to play almost four lines and certainly six defencemen. We couldn't do that."

The loss on the scoreboard could have been one-sided if not for the solid play of goaltender Vesa Toskala, who made 28 saves.

Alex Ovechkin, despite being held pointless, was by far the best player on the ice. Ovechkin has dominated the Leafs with 11 goals in 13 games.

The Leafs pulled Toskala with 1:36 left and buzzed around Washington goaltender Brent Johnson, who also played well, but the Leafs couldn't get a clear shot at the net for the tying goal.

The Leafs trailed Washington 1-0 after two periods, and tied it on a Nik Antropov power-play goal at 6:12, his 10th of the season, on a quick shot to the short side, after Ovechkin took a dumb holding penalty for grabbing defenceman Ian White.

NO CHANCES IN FIRST

Exactly one minute later, however, Milan Jurcina scored his second of the season to put the Capitals on top for good.

The Leafs managed only six shots and no quality chances in the first period. They only mustered 20 shots for the entire game.

The Leafs could have had a power-play chance in the first when Shaone Morrisonn was nailed for a high stick, but Ryan Hollweg couldn't leave well enough alone, going after Morrisonn and picking up a roughing penalty.

Johnson stoned Toronto winger Jason Blake on a Leafs power-play early in the second, shortly after rookie defenceman Karl Alzner put the Capitals up 1-0 on a weak shot from the point following a lame clearing attempt by Ian White.

"We were having trouble concentrating on where to go," said Wilson. "For example, our (defencemen) moving the puck quickly -- we were like a beat slow on the metronome."


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