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ANNAPOLIS Thomas Vanek Jersey , Md. (AP) Less than a minute after each of his team’s goals, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen gave up a score to the Washington Capitals. Didn’t take long for him to get pulled from the Stadium Series outdoor game at the U.S. Naval Academy, either.Andersen turned in his latest shaky performance as the playoffs approach, allowing five goals on 25 shots in a little more than 1 1/2 periods Saturday night, and the Leafs lost to Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals 5-2.Toronto coach Mike Babcock seemed to finally lose patience with the Danish goalie that Toronto has been figuring it could count on to carry the team when the games matter the most. Andersen was given the hook because of poor play for the only time in 55 starts this season; he was taken out of a game on Feb. 5 after being hit on the head by another player’s skate.Why make the change?”Well, just, I mean, it was going in. And I didn’t want to leave him in there and (have) a bunch more go in,” Babcock said. ”He’s our guy. He’s our starter. We’ve got to look after him the best we can.”Rather than assign blame to Andersen, Babcock spoke more generally about mistakes his others players made against an opponent that eliminated the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs last season.”They look at us,” he said about the Capitals, ”and they still think we’re kids. And it looked like we were kids here tonight. I thought they smacked us around.”This was the fourth game in a row – and eighth in his past nine appearances – that Andersen allowed at least three goals. And after streaking into strong position in the Eastern Conference by winning 13 of 15 games, Toronto has now lost three in a row on a road trip that will conclude on Monday at the Buffalo Sabres.Andersen was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney 11 minutes, 10 seconds into the second period. That was 21 seconds after Washington winger Jakub Vrana’s breakaway goal – his first score in about 2 months – made it 5-2.Other goals against Andersen were scored by Ovechkin – for his 40th this season and the 598th of his career – Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.Ovechkin’s made it 2-1 in the second period Nick Foligno Jersey , and arrived only 59 seconds after Zach Hyman put the puck past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to temporarily tie things. Carlson’s goal came just 43 seconds after Nazem Kadri spun around and zipped a shot in to get Toronto within 3-2.Andersen didn’t offer much by way of explanation for the way this game went, although he did mention that the outdoor conditions might have made finding the puck more of a challenge than usual. He was sitting on the bench with a white wool cap on by the time the artificial lights went out in the third period, causing about a 15-minute delay.”There were certain spots where the lights – the reflection off the ice – was a little different,” he said. ”But it’s something both goalies have to potentially face.”— NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson had a difficult time remembering the last time he scored a hat trick — at any level.“American Hockey League, maybe?” Watson said. “A couple of years now.”Watson, known as a grinder who is strong on the penalty kill, recorded his first career NHL hat trick Sunday night as Nashville defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.Watson, a 26-year-old right wing, became the fourth Predators player to record a hat trick this season, a franchise record.“It’s always nice to score goals and contribute,” said Watson, who entered the game with just one goal. “As hockey players, that’s what we like to do.”Watson usually spends his time on the third and fourth lines, but he moved up to the first and second lines against Anaheim due to an undisclosed injury to center Kyle Turris.He scored the game’s first goal in the opening period Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , added his first career power-play goal in the second period and his empty netter with 1:06 left prompted the sellout crowd of 17,167 at Bridgestone Arena to shower the ice with caps.“To get an opportunity to play with (Ryan Johansen) and (Filip Forsberg), two really gifted hockey players, and then I was out there with (Colton Sissons) and (Nick Bonino), we had some good success,” Watson said. “It was a fun night.”Watson returned from an 18-game suspension for domestic violence two weeks ago.“I think it was just a matter of getting back on the ice and getting his timing back,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “He was in shape when he started, but there’s something about the game and the way it moves and getting your game-timing down from moving the puck, reading the plays, reading the situations. So we’ve been giving him more opportunity with regard to ice time, penalty kill.”Nick Bonino and Craig Smith also scored for the Predators.Nashville, which began Sunday tied for the NHL’s best record, won its sixth straight home game.Adam Henrique and Ondrej Kase scored for the Ducks.“We took numerous penalties and it became a game we shouldn’t have played,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I think we took four straight minors and they had a 4-on-3 for an extended period of time. It kind of takes everybody out of the game.”Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made 17 saves for the win, improving his career record to 17-6-1 against Anaheim.John Gibson stopped 28 shots for the Ducks Ryan Murray Jersey , who had their two-game winning streak halted.Watson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when he poked a rebound from the left side of the net over Gibson’s outstretched stick into the net at 11:04 of the first period.Anaheim tied it at 1 on a power-play goal by Henrique, whose wrist shot from the low slot beat a screened Rinne on the stickside at 2:38 of the second period, while Matt Irwin was in the penalty box for tripping.Nashville regained a 2-1 advantage on a Bonino breakaway, when he fired a wobbly wrist shot from the left faceoff circle into the top right corner of the net over Gibson’s glove at 5:38 of the second.Watson deflected Roman Josi’s one-timer into the net from the left side of the crease on the power play, increasing the Predators lead to 3-1 with 1:24 left in the second period. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but it stood after video review.Anaheim retaliated 79 seconds later when Kase beat Rinne stickside from the low slot, narrowing the deficit to 3-2.Nashville’s second power-play goal, this one from a sprawling Smith in the low slot, boosted the Predators’ lead to 4-2 at 2:52 of the third period.NOTES: Nashville recalled C Rocco Grimaldi from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and put Turris on injured reserve. Turris entered the game third on the team with 16 points. C Calle Jarnkrok was moved to the second line in place of Turris. D P.K. Subban (upper body) and RW Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb) are also on injured reserve. . The Ducks recalled D Andre Sustr and Welinski from San Diego of the AHL . Four of Anaheim’s previous six games went into overtimes or shootouts. . Anaheim gave Nashville its first road loss on Nov. 12, in a shootout after Predators had won first eight games for a franchise record.UP NEXTAnaheim: Visits Tampa Bay on Tuesday in second of a five-game road trip.Nashville: Hosts Colorado on Tuesday in the second of a five-game homestand, the longest of the season.

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