Leafs drop Grabovski, Capitals in shootout

Former Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski battles with defenceman Jake Gardiner at the Air Canada Centre...

Former Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski battles with defenceman Jake Gardiner at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

TORONTO - David Clarkson scored a goal, hit two goal posts and was cheered.

Mikhail Grabovski was gashed open for 20 stitches and was booed.

It’s safe to say the torch has been passed, isn’t it?

When the Maple Leafs bought out Grabovski this past summer, the motivation behind the move was to clear cap space to re-sign the likes of Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak and to go after Clarkson, the No. 1 free agent target on Dave Nonis’s radar.

On Saturday night, Grabovski returned to the Air Canada Centre for the first time since signing with the Washington Capitals. And, in the end, it certainly played out better for Clarkson than it did for the Capitals’ No. 84 and his teammates.

With Clarkson scoring in the second period and goalie James Reimer standing on his head, the Leafs posted a 2-1 shootout victory over the visitors, much to the glee of the capacity crowd at the ACC.


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