(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
If Coach Bruce Boudreau is at all superstitious, he might do well to keep forward Boyd Gordon in the lineup.
In a 5-4 shootout victory over Toronto last night before 18,398 at Verizon Center, Gordon played his sixth game of the season. The Capitals are 6-0 when Gordon plays.
When asked if Washington indeed would lose a game in which he played, Gordon paused to inhale deeply.
"Yeah, it's going to happen," the club's longest-tenured player said.
Gordon was more than just a good-luck charm in the uneven win, when the Capitals came out a bit lethargic, countered with a three-goal outburst in the second period and then recoiled as the Maple Leafs rallied to reclaim the lead in the third period before Alexander Semin's power-play goal forced overtime.
Moving behind the net at 10:35 of the second period, he gathered a pass from Matt Bradley and fed Jason Chimera, who was approaching the crease. Chimera beat goalie Jonas Gustavsson in an instant, and the Capitals suddenly had energy -- and a 2-1 lead -- after a mostly uneventful first period.
Gordon "works hard at his own end," said Chimera, wearing the well-deserved hardhat in the locker room. "He doesn't give the other team very much at their own end, and he's really fast coming up the middle too. He gives us lots of options as wingers. Like I said, he wins tons of draws, and that helps a lot too."
Gordon won 8 of 16 faceoffs against Toronto and played 2:58 on the penalty kill, the most among forwards on the team. Only defenseman Mike Green had more time on ice while shorthanded.
Gordon's assist against the Maple Leafs earned him his second point of the season. His other assist came on Oct. 11 in a 3-2 overtime victory over Ottawa.
"That's what we try to do; get pucks deep and use our speed and go to the net and chip in here and there," Gordon said of his line that last night, which also included Eric Fehr. "Tonight we got one, so it's always a good feeling."
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