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By Jay Elliott

Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winning goal 6:31 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 series-ending win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 at Air Canada Centre yesterday.

“It’s going to be tight; it’s never going to be an easy ride,” Johansson said. “I think it’s good for us where we kind of got a start where everything just didn’t go smoothly. You have to work hard and battle for it.”

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Capitals, who won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and advanced to the Eastern Conference second round to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I know earlier in the series [Holtby] took some criticism and there were a lot of doubters out there,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “The only people who doubted him were the people on the outside. But in our room, there was no doubt. He’s been too good for too long, he makes those key saves and that’s why he’s a Vezina candidate the last few years.”

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto got a break when Morgan Rielly shot the puck into the Capitals zone from center ice along the glass and it bounced off a stanchion into the slot and on to Auston Matthews stick. He put a shot over Holtby’s glove at 7:45 of the third period to put Toronto up 1-0.

“Bounces like that happen. I try to focus on every game as just a game, no other outside things, playoffs, regular season or whatever,” Holtby said. “I break down a goal, what I did well and what I didn’t and move on. But I think the big thing was our team didn’t sag at all, we got better. Throughout the series bounces weren’t going our way but we got mentally stronger as it went on. [We said] we’re not going to let that affect us, that we’re still going to play through everything, and it showed.”

Johansson tied the game 1-1 at 12:51 when he banked a shot off Andersen from the side of the net.

“I didn’t think we had the puck much after that,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “You have a chance to walk out the door in overtime; it’s in your building, you’re [facing] elimination but we didn’t push them, they pushed us, they were better.”

Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner came close to breaking the scoreless tie when he hit the goal post with a point shot at 7:50 of the second period. It was the first time in the series neither team scored by the second intermission.

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