Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:46AM
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is checked by Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime in game one of the Eastern Conference first round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is checked by Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime in game one of the Eastern Conference first round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
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In the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals have edged past the Toronto Maples Leafs 3-2 at the Verizon center in the opening round Stanley Cup playoffs series. 

The visiting Maple Leafs wasted little time taking the upper hand, with rookie Mitch Marner scoring 1 minute into the first period. The Maple Leafs then took a 2-nothing lead 9 minutes after Jake Gardiner netted the puck.

Tom Wilson's goal just 5 minutes into overtime gave Washington a 3-2 win and a 1-nothing lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Caps have won 8 in a row at home against the Leafs and 8 of the teams' past nine meetings. Game 2 will be held on Saturday.