Capitals take on Leafs on Black History Night

The Washington Capitals celebrate Black History Night at Capital One Arena. During warm-ups, the team will wear special black jerseys with gold shoulder patches saluting the guns of Fort Dupont – the nation’s oldest minority hockey program.

The Capitals will face the Leafs and try to end a five-game losing streak at home.

Ilya Samsonov will start in goal for the Caps and will be replaced by Vitek Vanecek, who is wearing an outfit for the first time since Feb. 1. Notably, Anthony Mantha wore a full-contact jersey in morning practice, but won’t play.

Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington.

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Via @VogsCaps

8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 43-Wilson
73-Sheary, 19-Backstrom, 77-Oshie
24-McMichael, 20-Eller, 91-Snively
62-Hagelin, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway

42-Fehervary, 74-Carlson
9-Orlov, 3-Jensen
6-Kempny, 57-van Riemsdyk

Samsonov versus Mrazek.

The recent trend continues. Capitals up TOR early, 1-0.

Martin Fehervary was checked by Mitch Marner, which forced a turnover, and Michael Bunting finished the game in net.

The Capitals enter the first break with a 3-1 lead after giving up two goals in the final 1:11 of the period.

William Nylander and Justin Holl scored the goals for the Leafs.

Sixth consecutive loss at home.

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