Gartner in the rafters

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

The Washington Capitals will honour former great Mike Gartner prior to the game against the Maple Leafs tonight by retiring his No. 11 in a pregame ceremony at the Verizon Center. Gartner, who stands as Washington's No. 2 career scorer in points and goals, is a Hall of Famer who led the team's transformation from an also-ran to a perennial playoff team. He led four of the first six Capitals playoff teams in post-season scoring. Gartner also played 130 games for the Maple Leafs.

GABBING ABOUT GABBY

Toronto head coach Ron Wilson had kind words for another former Leaf, Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau, who is in his first full season as an NHL head coach.

"I've known Gabby for 31 years or so, we played a little bit together in the minors," Wilson said. "We were on the toilet seats back then. One of us up and down, up and down (from the minors to the NHL). And we've kept in touch a little bit over the years. He's had to really work to get where he is and deserves to be where he is."

AROUND THE NET

The Leafs are one of just four teams thathave yet to score a short-handed goal ... Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots with 216. He has 23 goals ... Former Leaf Kyle Wellwood still leads the NHL in shooting percentage (31.7%) with 13 goals on 41 shots ... Leafs rookie Mikhail Grabovski is tied for the NHL rookie goals-scoring lead (with Patrick Berglund of St. Louis) with 12.


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