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11/24/2006 9:50:15 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs scored twice in the opening three minutes, then added three goals during a 60-second span of the second period and cruised past the skidding Washington Capitals 7-1 Friday night.

Toronto led 2-1 before Bryan McCabe scored at 10:09 of the second period with the Maple Leafs enjoying a two-man advantage. Jeff O'Neill scored another power-play goal 14 seconds later, and Hal Gill concluded the rapid-fire barrage against Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson at 11:09.

Darcy Tucker added his team-high 16th goal just over three minutes later for a 6-1 lead.

Andrew Raycroft had 22 saves for the Maple Leafs, who went ahead for good on a goal by Kyle Wellwood at 1:03 of the first period.

Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal for the Capitals, who have lost five straight.

Washington played without left wing Donald Brashear and centre Brian Sutherby, both of whom were serving NHL-mandated suspensions stemming from Wednesday's melee against Atlanta. In addition, Alexander Semin sat out a third straight game with an upper body injury.

Toronto got off to a torrid start, scoring on its second and fifth shots to lead 2-0 at 2:44 of the first period. After Wellwood got his fifth goal with a blast from between the circles, Michael Peca beat Johnson on a breakaway after gaining possession of the puck in the Capitals' end.

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