Maple Leafs get off to slow start and lose to Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson takes a shot against Washington Capitals defenceman...

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson takes a shot against Washington Capitals defenceman Jack Hillen and goalie Jaroslav Halak at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2014. (PAUL FREDERIKSEN/USA Today)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Once the afternoon nap was over, the Maple Leafs made it a decent hockey game Sunday in the U.S. capital.

Unfortunately, the untimely snooze in the opening period put them in a 3-0 hole early, a deficit they weren’t able to completely recover from in a 4-2 loss to the Capitals.

Playing in just their second matinee of the season (the only other being the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day), the Leafs woke up in the second to make a game of it but couldn’t salvage a point from the struggling Caps.

The loss dropped Toronto’s record to 2-2 on the current five-game road trip that winds up with a date against the Red Wings Tuesday night in Detroit.

James Reimer, making the start in place of the injured Jonathan Bernier, surrendered goals on three of the first five shots he faced before settling down the rest of the way. He wasn’t alone in the blame, however, as two of those came courtesy of the potent Caps power play.


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