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Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 1

October 2, 1997

TORONTO (AP) _ Bill Ranford and Olaf Kolzig combined to make 35 saves and the Washington Capitals scored four first-period goals Wednesday night in a season-opening 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jaroslav Svejkovsky, a Czech right wing celebrating his 21st birthday, opened the scoring on a power play at 3:07, and Reekie beat Felix Potvin with a high wrist shot at 4:48.

Toronto’s Igor Korolev countered on a power-play at 9:16, but Washington’s Joe Juneau made it 3-1 at 12:22, and Richard Zednik completed the scoring with 1:54 remaining in the period.

Ranford, who made 16 saves in the opening period, did not return for the second period after being struck in the groin by Per Gustafsson’s shot. Kolzig made 11 saves in the second period and eight in the third.

After allowing goals on three of Washington’s first six shots, Potvin stopped 20 of the Capitals’ final 22 shots.

Adam Oates assisted on Juneau’s goal to move within three of the 1,000-point mark. Oates, acquired late last season from Boston, has 258 goals and 739 assists in 827 games in his 13-year career.

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