The Capitals, winless since beating New Jersey on Feb. 24, snapped their longest losing streak overall in 25 years. The victory also snapped Washington’s seven-game home losing streak.
Olie Kolzig made 34 saves and Boyd Gordon, Kris Beech and Tomas Fleischmann also scored one each. Washington, weakened by late-season trades and a flurry of injuries, had lost 14 of 15 (1-9-5) coming into this game.
Nik Antropov scored for Toronto.
Washington took the lead on an unusual goal 1:46 into the game. Steve Eminger dumped the puck in from centre ice, and Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft swung and missed when it bounced off the boards.
The puck trickled between his legs and right to Giroux, who tapped it into the empty net for his first NHL point. Giroux also added an assist.
Semin made it 2-0 at 7:55 of the period when he scored on the rebound of his own shot.
Antropov pulled the Maple Leafs to 2-1 when he redirected Mats Sundin’s shot past Kolzig with 6:41 left in the second period.
But Gordon scored later in the period to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead, beating Raycroft after taking a pass from Semin in front. Semin also assisted on Beech’s goal early in the third period.
Notes: The two teams split the four-game season series. … The victory was Kolzig’s first since Feb. 4. He missed 13 games with a knee injury before returning Thursday. … Sundin needs one goal to tie Darryl Sittler for the franchise record for career goals (389).