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Capitals to honor Gartner, host Maple Leafs

Toronto (14-15-6) at Washington (22-11-3), 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — Before going for their eighth win in nine
games, the Washington Capitals will honor Mike Gartner.

Gartner will have his No. 11 retired Sunday before the red-hot
Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a meeting of teams that
once featured the Hall of Famer.

During his legendary 19-year career with the Capitals, Minnesota
North Stars, New York Rangers, Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes,
Gartner amassed 708 goals and 627 assists. He ranks sixth
all-time with 1,335 points.

Selected fourth overall in 1979, Gartner notched 397 goals and
392 assists during his 10-year tenure with Washington. In his
first year of eligibility, Gartner was selected to the Hockey
Hall of Fame in 2001.

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While Gartner became the first Capital to be enshrined in
Toronto, Alex Ovechkin is certainly building a Hall-of-Fame
resume. In his fourth season, Ovechkin has already accumulated
186 goals and 357 points.

The 23-year-old Russian netted the game-winner, his team-leading
23rd goal of the season, in Friday’s 3-2 triumph over the
Buffalo Sabres. The reigning Hart Trophy winner, Ovechkin also
leads the Southeast Division-leading Capitals with 47 points.

The Maple Leafs will try to avoid a third straight loss after
falling to the lowly New York Islanders, 4-1, on Friday.
Toronto has been outscored by a 12-3 margin over its two losses.