NHL: Washington 3, Toronto 2

Jan. 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward scored third-period goals Friday that rallied Washington to a 3-2 win over Toronto.

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL leading 33rd goal of the season in the opening period, but it took a comeback in the final 20 minutes to bring the Capitals their second straight win.

Phil Kessel put Toronto in front 2-1 just 54 seconds into the third, but Backstrom tied it at the 4:36 mark.

The game-winner came on a wrist shot by Ward with 8:09 to play.

Toronto suffered its fourth straight loss with Jonathan Bernier giving up the third-period goals and making 32 saves.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 32 shots in the victory, which moved Washington into a second-place tie with Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division.

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