Caps Light Up Leafs, Lights Go Out For Outdoor Game At Navy

Andersen was given the hook because of poor play for the only time in 55 starts this season; he was taken out of a game on February 5 after being hit on the head by another player's skate.

The lights would turn back on in the stadium, but they would go out for the Maple Leafs' chances as the Capitals won for the third time in their last four games and kept their record in outdoor games a flawless 3-0-0. They improved to 3-0-0 in outdoor games.

Babcock's Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals might want to hang on to everything with high wind in the forecast for Saturday night's outdoors Stadium Series game at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Florida Panthers faced the New Jersey Devils in an exhibition game at West Point's Tate Rink in 2006, and ownership connections to the Army make the Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights strong candidates for a potential outdoor game there.

"Right now, in the moment, it doesn't matter who you play". The Maple Leafs answered just two minutes later when Hyman tied the game off a pass from Roman Polak. The Capitals were able to extend their streak with a dominant performance.

"Well, just, I mean, it was going in".

"(Wind) can have lots (of an effect on the game), but (Saturday) we are going to get up, there's going to be no wind and we are going to have a good game." an optimistic Mike Babcock said after practice on Friday.

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"I think North American forces are united", Daly said.

BC-HKN-Maple Leafs-Matthews, 1st Ld-Writethru, 386Leafs' Matthews progressing in return from injuryAP Photo NY125Eds: Recasts with quotes, details, adds file photos. "The big thing about this injury: you have your legs. We were in good position and the work ethic was there to get back".

Babcock said he didn't know how the National Hockey League would make an outdoor game work at a place like the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and Daly acknowledged the service academies are different in the United States. "I thought they smacked us around". "But to have a kind of unique atmosphere and history to this place, and from a fan's point of view, the sight lines and all that are way better at a place like this than a 60,000-seat football field".

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby thinks strong wind would only possibly affect dump-ins or high flips of the puck and that it could make it hard for players to keep their eyes open when it's head on.

The players hope to skate like the wind rather than be stopped by it, with Leaf James van Riemsdyk musing how one of his flip passes would look blowing back in his face.

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