For the first time this season, the Washington Capitals' power play actually has some power.
Dennis Wideman and Nicklas Backstrom scored power play goals for the Caps in their first three-power play goal performance of the season as they lead the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Wideman's second goal of the game, like his first, came on the power play. Alex Ovechkin fed Wideman on the point and his blast beat James Reimer. Backstrom originally earned credit for the goal, but it was later changed to Wideman. It's the first two-goal game of Wideman's career.
Kessel's 18th goal of the season came at 12:52 after the Caps killed an Alexander Semin penalty, Tyler Bozak simply threw the puck on net and it squeaked behind Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun couldn't locate the puck, but Kessel did as he poked it in.
The Caps struck again on the power play at 18:50 when Wideman elected to pass instead of going for his first career hat trick and found Backstrom for his 11th goal of the season, tying him with Jason Chimera for the team lead.